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Rick Larsen for Congress


the 19th Amendment and Progress in 2019

It's Women's Equality Day! In 1973, Congress designated August 26 as "Women's Equality Day," commemorating the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. This day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment and honors the work of the Women's Suffrage Movement and the continued efforts of Americans every day to end gender-based discrimination.

While the United States has made progress toward women's equality, there is still more to be done. This year, Team Larsen is looking at the economic impact of gender inequality.

Women are not getting an equal share or a full opportunity to participate in the American economy. On average, women in the United States earn significantly less than men doing the exact same job. Women of color experience an even more significant wage inequality, ranging between 50 – 80 cents on the dollar.

This wage gap exists in all walks of life – professionals with advanced degrees, retail or service industry workers.

I will continue to work to expand women's rights, especially when it comes to guaranteeing a woman's ability to make her own health care decisions, ensuring women get equal pay for equal work and pushing for stronger economic opportunity.


Posted on August 26, 2019.

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Rick Larsen represents Washington state's 2nd Congressional District. Rick was born and raised in Arlington and his family has called Northwest Washington home for over a century. Learn more.