For many years, American women were treated as second-class citizens and had to live without many rights and privileges. The 19th Constitutional Amendment extended to American women the same rights that men had been enjoying since the nation’s inception.
Key women throughout history waged their fight to gain equal access to opportunities and resources that they had been deprived of. They were devoted to the concept that human beings, regardless of gender, should be free to make choices and develop their personal abilities without limitations and prejudices.
We revere American women like Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to earn a medical degree in the U.S.; Cathay Williams, the first African-American woman to enlist in the U.S. Army; Antoinette Brown Blackwell and Lucy Stone who founded the American Woman Suffrage Association; Billie Jean King who championed equality in women’s tennis, and countless other brave and devoted trailblazers.
Although there is still more work to be done, we see evidence all around us of greater parity between genders. Playing fields have been leveled in homes and offices and on school campuses and athletic fields. We see women serving in military positions once reserved for men and progress toward closing the pay gap between men and women in the work world.
As a woman-owned business, all of us at Instant Granite join the nation in celebrating Women’s Equality Day on August 26. We pride ourselves in an equitable workplace for our employees and in a DIY fake marble product that offers affordable home beautification to both men and women.