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Women’s Equality Day

August 26, 2013

Recent History and Charges of This Very Present

In 1971 this day, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day, the anniversary of the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, by which women were granted the right to vote.

40 years ago women couldn’t open a bank account without their husbands’ signatures.

In 1960 it was unheard of American space women.

Today’s 113th Congress (2013-2015) has 19% women.

This year there are 25 women CEOs of the Fortune 1000, which represents 4.6% of Fortune 1000 CEO positions.

Although overall more women than men graduate from college with a bachelor’s degree, women’s participation in engineering and computer science undergraduate programs remains below 20%.

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