It’s pretty crazy that in 2020 women still have to fight for equal rights in America — that 100 years after the passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote, nearly half a century since Roe v. Wade, and 57 years since the Equal Pay Act was enacted requiring employers to pay women equally to men for doing the same work, that women are still not paid fairly, that all women still do not have the right to choose, and that the marginalization of women and girls in this country still exists.
While there are many issues we women in the United States are speaking out against and fighting for, women and girls in other parts of the world are desperately needing our help. According to the UN 143 out of 195 countries guarantee equality between women and men in their constitutions as of 2014 but discrimination against women continues in many areas directly and indirectly through laws and politics, gender-based stereotypes, and social norms and practices.
“Gender equality before the law does not necessarily mean that women in practice have equal opportunities,” writes UN Women. Yes, that is the unfortunate truth and why it’s so important that we raise our voices together and do all that we can to help create change.
In honor of Women’s History Month, let’s see how some of Hollywood’s most famous women are fighting to change HERstory now.