On August 26, 1920, the United States of America passed the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. While women always had a voice, the 19th Amendment guaranteed their right to put it to use. Today, on August 26, 2016, we commemorate that hard-earned right to vote, honor the trailblazers and suffragists who fought for generations of female voices to be heard, and celebrate the reality that women are not only voting but running for office.
2016 is a powerful year to be a woman: U.S. female athletes outpaced their male counterparts and took home more medals (61), more women hold seats in Congress than ever before (104), more women are attending college (57% female versus 43% male), more women are holding executive positions, and a woman is even running for president.
But that doesn’t mean we’re there yet. That doesn’t mean that we should take our medals, seats in congress, college education, and executive positions and be satisfied. As Americans - no, as global citizens - we want more. We ask for more. We work for more. Because we are committed to making 2017 an even more exciting and powerful year to be a woman. To ending gender bias, gender-based violence, economic inequality and educational in-opportunity. And, ultimately, we are committed to making the next generation of men and women consider the stories of wage inequality or leadership gaps or sexual assault and harassment that we still experience today as baffling antiquated rituals of the past that seem as backwards and irrational as not brushing your teeth or thinking the world is flat.
At Bumble, we are proud to be a female led company.
Happy Women’s Equality Day. Cheers to shattering glass ceilings today and every day!
The Bumble Hive