March is Women’s History Month: Is it Too Early to Celebrate Our Progress? – Crain’s Chicago Business – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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From companies offering special promotions and social media posts thanking women, to billboards honoring “herstory,” you can’t miss that March is Women’s History Month. However, as an activist and feminist for more than 60 years, I am less concerned about recognizing women’s history and more concerned that we are at risk of repeating a history of inequality and discrimination.

Why am I concerned?

Women’s rights are at a crisis point. After decades of progress in the march toward gender rights and equality, the movement forward has stopped, and in fact, it has reversed. From health care to education to economics and business, gender equity has not just been eroded, there is an avalanche of lost ground.

Consider these two moments in women’s history:

• The Equal Pay Act of 1963: While there was initial progress in eliminating the pay gap between men and women, progress has stalled. The gap between men’s and women’s wages has barely changed in the last 15 years, and progress toward eliminating this gap through publicl


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