Women’s Equality Day is celebrated on August 26th. One of the most important achievements in the fight from women’s equality has been winning the right to vote. In 1902, women were officially given the right to vote in Australia and it was another 18 years before it was legalized in the USA. Whilst we have come a long way, there is still much work to do by way of women’s equality.

The gender pay gap still persists and women are still under-represented in certain industries. There are also few women in leadership positions.

We encourage you to honour the women who fought before us, celebrate the gains of the present and help forge a better future. Inspire the women in your life to chase after their dreams and stand up for what they believe is fair.

We asked you some questions about being a woman, here are a few of our favourite answers:

What do you love about being a woman?

Being a Mum.

Being a feminine but strong woman.

The ability to get better with age.

I know how to connect with people and nurturing is such a strong, powerful personality trait women have.

What does Women’s equality mean to you?

Being accepted and respected.

Making wages the same as men.

Women, men, girls, boys and all people with diverse gender identities working and having fun together that results in shared citizenship and full equitable social inclusion.

Equal opportunities in all aspects of life.

I am 73 years old. I have rarely experience inequality. I have been bullied twice in my life – both times by women. I believe women should focus on inclusiveness. It has served me well.

How do you encourage other women?

By loving the women in my life, by cheering them on and supporting them in life.

I tell my daughter “Take charge, be strong”.

Be a role model and stand up for myself and others.

I encourage women to dare to dream, to aim for what they want and that they can be anything they want and to not be distracted by the current over emphasis on some women’s experience. I also encourage them to be cautious of the current move to socialism.

Celebrate wins and lend a hand when needed.

Image by Mary Long/Adobe.