August 26th, 1971 was established as Women's Equality Day to commemorate the passage of the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution, which granted women the right to vote.
This is date is also recognized for continuing efforts of women to achieve full equality. Women were given the right to vote with the passage of the 19th amendment in 1919, but there is still a ways to go when it comes to workplace equality.
In Nebraska, women only earn 77 cents for every dollar that men make in similar jobs, working similar hours. Women own only one quarter of the state's businesses and are underrepresented in management positions. Only 20% of the Nebraska legislature is made up of women, despite women making up half of the state's population.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012, women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings of $691. On average in 2012, women made about 81 percent of the median earnings of male full-time wage and salary workers ($854).
In 1979, the first year for which comparable earnings data are available, women earned 62 percent of what men earned.
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