Editor’s note: August 26th is Women’s Equality Day, a day celebrated in the United States to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote on the basis of sex.
In 1920, one hundred and two years ago, women of the United States were first granted the right to vote. We acknowledge the ratification of the 19th Amendment as a major milestone in the fight for women’s rights and equality. However, it is important to remember that even though the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote, not all women had the ability or access to vote. The 1965 Voting Rights Act was another important achievement; however, the fight for equal rights is not over. As we observe and celebrate this milestone, we will be clear-eyed about the work that still has to be done. And we acknowledge the fight goes on, specifically for those not of the majority. And even though this is a day we celebrate in the U.S. we want to take this time to honor all women globally.
Women’s Equality Day is a moment in time when we can recognize the powerful women and movements that have paved the way for us while continuing to work to break barriers for the women of the next generation. Today we celebrate all women, especially the women impacting the world through innovation in technology and business. We asked both internal Googlers and our Google Cloud Innovator Champion community what Women’s Equality Day means to them. The responses were filled with a sense of inspiration while also being centered around a call for action. We are honored to share these videos with you today.
Ashley Willis shares that Women’s Equality Day is about celebrating the power of the women who have paved the way for us while also recognizing we still have a long way to go. Ashley offers her support advocacy as we work together to achieve gender equality.
Ida Delphine shares that to her, Women’s Equality Day signifies not only the freedom of women but their independence to do or be whatever they want to be.
Stephanie Wong shares that for her Women’s Equality Day is all about celebrating the achievements of women’s rights activists, and also talking about some of the struggles that we still often face.
Nathaly Alarcon Torrico shares that Women’s Equality Day is a day that allows us to see how far we’ve come and to be inspired by other women’s accomplishments. It is also a day to evaluate our goals and set the bar higher.
For Women’s Equality Day, Aindrila Das is reminding us that even though we have made steps in the right direction there is so much work left to be done in the area of women empowerment and equality.
Lynn Langit shares that Women’s Equality Day means sharing information so that all people, and in particular women, on this day can reach their full potential.
Antonella Blasetti is commemorating Women Equality Day by sharing her passion for information technology and cloud and welcomes more women to join the field.
Sharmistha Chatterjee is marking Women’s Equality Day by asking us to be bold, confident, in order to prove your decisions are worth it and remember that your decisions are equally good and important to the future.
Tune in to Google Cloud’s social media channels today as we share videos from Googlers and our Google Cloud Innovator Champion community to celebrate women in technology and business.
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