Create a holiday recognizing women in Iowa

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We, the residents of Iowa, ask the state to take a leadership role and recognize the work, accomplishments, and value of women by declaring a state holiday that recognizes women.

Iowa and the federal government currently have NO holiday that recognizes women. This is something we must correct. By 2020 - the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage - we want Iowa to add a state holiday that recognizes women's accomplishments in the political, social and cultural landscapes.

A great one to consider is Women’s Equality Day – Aug. 26. Our Capitol celebrates women's suffrage, and it seems fitting that Iowa extend that commemoration of women's rights with a holiday honoring Women's Equality Day. We want Iowa to show the federal government we respect women and the impact they have had and continue to have in America.

We also would be open to establishing a state holiday in March in conjunction with Women's History Month. International Women's Day, which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women, is March 8.

While simply creating a holiday will not change the status of women, it is a symbolic action that is long overdue. However, activists and lawmakers must continue to promote women's equality by promoting equal representation in government, advancement in the workplace and equal pay, just to name a few.

 



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