August 26th each year is a reminder of the civil rights movement for women to vote in the United States. Dating back to 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York, where the first women’s rights convention was held, this day commemorates the day in 1973 when Women’s Equality Day would be officially recognized each year by the United States Congress.
The day calls attention to a woman’s right to vote and be treated as 1st class citizens, just like the men. Our country still strives to close equity gaps in pay for women compared to men. On average, women make $0.80 for every dollar earned by male colleagues, according to an article on business.org.
At Moraine Park, we strive through our NTO (non-traditional occupation) programming to offer occupations to women that are predominately occupied by males. We believe you can achieve what you set out to achieve and MPTC is here to remind you this day in history came with barriers, and now those barriers do not exist.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th amendment and as our country is more divided than ever in regards to civil rights and social justice issues, MPTC wants to encourage students to be informed, make an impact in your community and exercise your right to vote, because someone, a long time ago fought for you to do so.
To learn more about our NTO programs, visit morainepark.edu/nto.