Happy Women’s Equality Day! As the old cigarette commercial used to say, “We’ve come a long way baby.” There’s still plenty of room for improvement, starting with the very Congress that created this day in 1971, but it is nice to know that there is a day to honor the accomplishments and remind us to keep working for TRUE equality.
It’s also fun that it falls on one of my favorite events in the League calendar. The Champagne Toast is only about four years old in our League, but it’s the evening when we toast our newest members and formally welcome them into our organization. This year, I’m even more excited because the event is being held in our glorious, historic Paramount Theater. It happened to open about a decade after women were given the right to vote, which also happened on this day in 1920.
I cannot imagine my life without some semblance of equality. For those who aren’t long-time, regular readers, I was active in politics in college, was a professional firefighter for 12 years, and have spent the past 12 years in the male-dominated water-well industry. I confess that until I became familiar with Occoquan (the town… its prison and history), I took my right to vote and the equality that comes with it for granted.
I’m of two minds on that taking for granted. As a lover of history, I am ashamed that I went to college just a few miles from said prison and yet it was never mentioned in history or political science that little Occoquan housed some of the suffragettes. However, albeit unknowingly at the time, I was a trail blazer for women in the fire service, and I’m actually delighted that we came so far so fast that few people think anything of seeing women firefighters, police officers, etc. these days.
Any thoughts on the state of women’s equality?