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SR-56 (2019-2020)

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Enrolled  August 27, 2019
Passed  IN  Senate  August 26, 2019


Senate Resolution
No. 56

Introduced by Senator Lena Gonzalez
(Coauthors: Senators Atkins, Bates, Caballero, Durazo, Galgiani, Grove, Hurtado, Jackson, Leyva, Mitchell, Rubio, and Skinner)

August 13, 2019

Relative to Women’s Equality Day.


SR 56, Lena Gonzalez.

WHEREAS, The first women’s rights convention on July 19, 1848, was called by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott to win equal rights for women and expand the role of women in society, and it was then that the fight for women’s rights came together as an organized effort; and
WHEREAS, In 1851, abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth delivered her renowned extemporaneous speech “Ain’t I a Woman?” at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron; and
WHEREAS, The addition of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution on August 26, 1920, secured for women the right to vote; and
WHEREAS, The passage of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 barred employment discrimination against women; and
WHEREAS, The enactment of Title IX of the federal Education Amendments of 1972 guaranteed equal opportunity for women in all aspects of education; and
WHEREAS, Many women have planned, organized, lectured, written, marched, lobbied, canvassed voters, staged parades, become candidates for political office, argued court cases, and more, in order to irrevocably change for the better the world of today’s women and girls; and
WHEREAS, Despite the many efforts of policymakers and advocates, both women and men, toward ensuring equality for women, gender inequality persists in many areas, as evidenced by the ongoing struggle for fair pay and equal job opportunities, job training opportunities, access to childcare, family friendly workplaces, and against poverty, especially among women and children; and
WHEREAS, Despite important steps to achieve equal access in the workplace and to educational opportunities, women face barriers in education and employment that are not experienced at the same magnitude by men, including the presence of historical male privilege and gender bias; sex discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence in the workplace and on campus; the complications of having caregiving duties in the unpaid economy; and being undervalued for their work in the paid economy; and
WHEREAS, Women are critical to a strong and vibrant California economy and play a pivotal role in spurring economic growth in California; and
WHEREAS, Women comprise almost one-half of the workforce in our state and are primary income earners in many households; and
WHEREAS, The lack of affordable, quality childcare and affordable housing makes it hard for women to provide safe and secure environments for their families; and
WHEREAS, Women’s earnings are still far too low compared to men’s in California, and women are disproportionately employed in jobs that pay the minimum wage; and
WHEREAS, Women are also disproportionately disadvantaged by the stresses of poverty and the constraints of the social services system; and
WHEREAS, Ensuring the economic security of all California women and their families will benefit people in all communities who count on public policies to meet their basic needs, earn a decent living, and care for their families; and
WHEREAS, The women of the United States have designated August 26 as a symbol of the continued fight for equal rights; and
WHEREAS, The United States Congress recognizes that August 26 of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day and the President of the United States annually issues a proclamation commemorating August 26, 1920, as the day when the women of the United States were first given the right to vote and recognizes that same date in 1970 when a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That upon the anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, the Senate recognizes August 26, 2019, as Women’s Equality Day and its historic importance to women’s rights, including the battle to attain those rights in the past, present, and future; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.