Our clients have been lucky enough to witness great strides in women’s rights during their lifetimes and they can look back with satisfaction on how far we’ve come since the beginning of the twentieth century.
It was only in 1900 that all states granted married women the right to hold property and keep their own wages. The right to vote was achieved in 1920, with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. The Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963, promising equal wages for the same work, regardless of race, gender, religion or natural origin. In 1978, it became illegal to discriminate against pregnant women in the workplace. Women earned the right to serve in combat positions in the army in 2013, and in 2017, Congress had a record number of women elected to it – 104 House Members and 21 Senators.
Despite all the progress which has been made, there are still major strides which elude us. We are still far from gender parity, and the World Economic Forum estimates that it will take us 200 years to achieve it! Many professions which are female-dominated are not as highly regarded or rewarded as professions which are primarily male-dominated. This is unfortunately true of the nursing profession, as well as education and social work.
At Towne Home Care, we would like to see that change. That’s why we’re joining the International Women’s Day call to #PressforProgress. We celebrate our small part in advancing the lives of women who serve as home health aides and nurses, by providing steady employment, work/life balance and a career they can be proud of. We add our voices to those of others who want to see more progress in women’s equality in the workplace and in other areas of life. We’re not patient enough to wait 200 years, so we hope to see change sooner than that.
We wish a Happy International Women’s Day to our female clients, CHHAs, companions, RNs, office staff and the rest of the Towne Home Care family!