It has been 118 years since the first Women’s Day began to honor women’s role in the garment worker’s strike that began the remarkable set of policies for better working conditions for all. International Women’s Day (March 8) has continued as a day to reflect on women’s achievements and to promote equality between women and men.
And reflect we must.
As a nation, we are regressing, from 66th in 2006 to 73rd in 2016 in equality issues. In New Mexico, women earn 83 cents on the dollar compared to similarly employed men. And yet there is equity when it comes to what we paying for goods, services and education. At the current rate, women in New Mexico won’t reach pay equity with men until 2056.
When gender equality leads to higher quality of life for all, why wait 39 more years?