It Took An Act of Congress

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Wednesday, August 26 is Women’s Equality Day.  In 1971, the US Congress passed a resolution setting aside this day each year to commemorate the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment giving women the right to vote, and to acknowledge that we still strive to appreciate equal rights in our working lives and our personal lives.

We have come a long way, baby.  Recently, two women graduated from Ranger School.  It was widely reported in all the news outlets, but in the next breath it was questioned whether or not they’d be allowed to serve as Rangers.

Graphic from Fusion

The pay gap is still almost as wide as ever.  I found this graphic from an article on Fusion’s WordPress blog pretty interesting.  The statistics compare similarly educated men and women in various fields.  For no discernible reason, men tend to be paid more in a lot of jobs.

Here is the actual resolution from forty-four years ago.  We still have a long way to go, baby.

Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971
Designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and

WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.

It’s Been A While

Tropical Storm Erika weakens slightly

Well, boys and girls, this is starting to look a little interesting.  We haven’t had a hurricane hit south Florida since Wilma in 2005.  That’s not to say we’ve let our guard down.  Every time there’s a disturbance that reels off the western coast of Africa, I always keep half an eye on it.  You just know that eventually it will be our turn again.

This graphic shows the latest ‘cone of uncertainty’.  According to the Severe Weather Expert at 6:00, the storm showed a few signs of weakening.  Factoring in wind shear, dry air, and Saharan dust (I shit you not) it could be that Erika just falls apart.  Even if it does get down-graded, we had a tropical storm here a few years back that resulted in being flooded in at our house for about a week.  They called it a “Hundred Year Flood,” so I suppose we’re not due for that again.

But it could be a bit of a wooly weekend.  Come Saturday, it might be time to gear up and head over to Home Depot to duke it out over batteries and plywood.  Maybe we’ll just take some popcorn and watch the madness.