Following this week’s primary elections across the US, a record 185 women have been nominated for seats in the House of Representatives. This is the latest milestone in a year that has seen a surge in women running for office, a welcome development in light of the huge gender disparity in congressional representation.
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On the evening of May 30, Illinois became the 37th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), first proposed in 1921, that would constitutionally outlaw discrimination on the basis of sex. The last major push to pass the ERA occurred in the 1970s, and while nationwide ratification may be mostly symbolic, it would exemplify how accumulated, dedicated efforts often drive large-scale change.
A US appeals court ruled on April 10 that women can’t be paid less than men due to salary history, and many states, including Illinois, are pursuing legislation that would bar employers from considering prior salary altogether. These types of oft-overlooked mechanisms can reinforce existing power structures, and dismantling this one will hopefully help to address the gender wage gap.
The League of Women Voters formed in Chicago on February 14, 1920, six months before the 19th Amendment legalized women’s suffrage. While it began as an effort to “help 20 million women carry out their new responsibilities as voters,” the League quickly began to advocate on a number of other important issues, ranging from voting rights to environmental protection.