Women's Equality Day, observed nationally on August 26, commemorates the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This amendment was the culmination of the massive civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the first women's rights convention held in Seneca Falls, New York.
Today we observe Women's Equality Day not only to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment, but to call attention to women's continuing efforts towards full equality. There is still much work to be done, especially in the area of equal pay.
Despite the Equal Pay Act of 1963, women still earn less than men. Over her lifetime, a woman loses approximately $431,000 throughout her career due to this inequality. Put another way, a woman must work 11 years longer than a man to achieve the same income.
Pay inequality doesn't just affect women during their earning years. This gap in pay equality is felt well into a woman's retirement years. Social security benefits and pensions are determined by wage history. And earning less makes it more difficult for women to save for retirement. Since women typically live longer than men, their retirement savings must be stretched over a longer period of time. All these factors add up to greater retirement insecurity for women and men.
We cannot let this inequality continue to cast a shadow over our country. Get involved, educate yourself and make your voice heard.
- If you rent your property short term (for 6 months or less), you are required to pay Tourist Development Tax by the 20th of the month. Learn more here.
- Look for your Truth in Millage (TRIM) Notice of Proposed Property Taxes mailed by the Property Appraiser this month. Owners seeking to appeal the market value of their property must do so with the Property Appraiser Value Adjustment Board by September 15.
- Local Business Tax is due on or before September 30. Save time by paying online today!
Anne M. Gannon
Constitutional Tax Collector
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