The battle is far from over, yet the question remains: Have American Women Abandoned the Battle for Equality?
When the United States was founded, its female residents did not share all of the same rights as men. In fact, women did not have the right to vote until August 1920 when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women that right. However, just gaining the right to vote did not mean that American women had achieved equality with American men.
Nearly 100 years later, they still don’t have it. According to The Institute for Women’s Policy Research: “Women are almost half of the workforce. They are the equal, if not main, breadwinner in four out of 10 families. They receive more college and graduate degrees than men. Yet, on average, women continue to earn considerably less than men. In 2015, female full-time workers made only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 20 percent.”