Today, on Women’s Equality Day, a statue debuted in New York City’s Central Park honoring women’s rights pioneers Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth.
It is also the first statue of real women in the 160-year history of Central Park.
The @MonumentalWomen's "Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument" was unveiled in Central Park today. The monument commemorates the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Learn more about its significance: https://t.co/lybY9u9S9J pic.twitter.com/z5bMt0c8Ow
— Central Park (@CentralParkNYC) August 26, 2020
The monument serves as a metaphor for many women on this 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment. It took years of work and sacrifice for women, albeit white women, to enter the voting booth.
While women in all industries still have a ways to go to reach full equity, brands are acknowledging and embracing the need for change. Below, we look at how organizations are honoring the day on social media.
Evoke KYNE and W20 Group shared videos celebrating the women in their workplaces.
— Evoke KYNE (@evokekyne) August 26, 2020
— W2O (@W2OGroup) September 2, 2020
Major Consumer Brands
Everyone from T-Mobile to Barbie showcased bold, creative, celebratory messaging.
Women are &$!#%ing awesome.
Today. Tomorrow. Always. RT for #WomensEqualityDay 👩🏿👩🏽👩🏻
— T-Mobile (@TMobile) August 26, 2020
Be bold. Take charge. Make history.#Barbie is committed to sharing the amazing stories of women who dared to break boundaries and change the world. We’re amplifying their accomplishments in effort to inspire every girl today to reach her full potential. #WomensEqualityDay pic.twitter.com/LV0Jr5dSEs
— Barbie (@Barbie) August 26, 2020
Today is #WomensEqualityDay! But we'd have a whole lot more to celebrate if women in the US didn't lose a combined total of almost $1 trillion every year due to the gender pay gap. Learn more: https://t.co/78B6BRfRfp pic.twitter.com/qsalWc1SPY
— Ben & Jerry's (@benandjerrys) August 26, 2020
We’re proud to be the first global automotive company to sign the United Nation’s Women’s Empowerment Principles. And we won’t stop until we’re all equal. #WomensEqualityDay pic.twitter.com/W2b3JdaUko
— Ford Motor Company (@Ford) August 26, 2020
This #WomensEqualityDay, let's remember to
👏 Trust women.
👏 Uplift women.
👏 Accept women.
👏 Believe women.
👏 Support women.
👏 Respect women.
👏 Fight for women.
👏 Listen to women.
👏 Stand with women.
— Twitter Together (@TwitterTogether) August 26, 2020
Small and Women-Owned Businesses
While some, like Mary Kay Inc., founded by Mary Kay Ash in 1963 and now chaired by her son Richard Rogers, and 84 Lumber are household names, thousands of women choose to start small businesses to find their own success.
On #WomensEqualityDay we honor the 100th anniversary of the U.S. ratifying the #19thamendment giving women the right to vote. This is worth marking but our fight is far from over. According to the World Economic Forum it will take 99.5 years to have a gender equal world. #vote pic.twitter.com/ob64gA3RrP
— Mary Kay Global (@MaryKayGlobal) August 26, 2020
Today we honor and celebrate the trailblazing women who have paved a way for Women’s Equality, as today marks 100 years of the right to vote for women. We are proud to be a woman-owned business in the construction industry and to be WBENC certified! #WomensEqualityDay pic.twitter.com/HyEcWoTdeq
— 84 Lumber Company (@84LumberNews) August 26, 2020
Today is #WomensEqualityDay, commemorating the #19thAmendment, which granted women the right to vote 100 years ago. Watch @SBAJovita's message on the centennial of women's suffrage in the United States. #WomensVote100 pic.twitter.com/3fdhzl32AP
— SBA (@SBAgov) August 26, 2020
Government and Non-Profit
While most politicians broadcast messaging celebrating the day, organizations, such as the branches of the military, as well as NASA, shared their praise of female employees.
#WomensEqualityDay celebrated nationwide today commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in 1920, which granted women the right to vote. 100 Years later, commemorates a milestone of democracy and to examine the significance of equal rights today. pic.twitter.com/N5vUP51JJ8
— U.S. Coast Guard (@USCG) August 26, 2020
Women at NASA help pave the way for us to learn more and explore further. On this #WomensEqualityDay, learn more about our workforce and follow @WomenNASA to keep up with our accomplishments: https://t.co/rHuC63Bm6T pic.twitter.com/CogKtb0upV
— Johnson Space Center (@NASA_Johnson) August 26, 2020
Join us at 3pm ET for a #WomensEqualityDay program to celebrate the "Past, Present and Future of Women in Space," reflecting on the stories and profound contributions of @WomenNASA. How to watch: https://t.co/uItA5mnxKY pic.twitter.com/xavXxNBNYJ
— NASA (@NASA) August 26, 2020
Sports, arts and the media also distributed messaging to grant a nod to ladies in their respective groups.
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 26, 2020
— DC Kids (@DCComicsKids) August 26, 2020
— Liza Donnelly (@lizadonnelly) August 26, 2020
Nicole Schuman is a reporter for PRNEWS. Follow her: @buffalogal