Equal rights for women

If women control 85 percent of consumer spending and make up 60 percent of undergraduate and master’s degrees, why do we only hold 26.5 percent of executive-level positions, make up only 11 percent of top earners, hold a mere 21 percent of board seats and are represented by only 4.8 percent of CEOs of fortune 500 companies? The answer is simple: Women’s “empowerment” has failed and we need to step forward to claim our own power and demand equity now. That is why I started my own business, “The 85-Percent,” in 2010, to demand and command more seats for women in leadership positions.

Women have been at the forefront of every movement for social change in this nation’s history, yet inequity persists to this day, especially when it comes to economic equality. We need to demand equity for women in business to ensure that all of us, regardless of gender, gender identity, race, religion, or country of origin truly enjoy the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Demanding equal rights and protections for women has never been so urgent. Establishment politicians strive to police women’s bodies but refuse to pass legislation guaranteeing equality under the law. From reproductive freedom to Title IX protections to the gender pay gap to STEM opportunities in education, the challenges facing women in this country are manifold and even worse for women of color, queer and transgender women, disabled women, and other marginalized groups. Women are finally dominating every element of our society, and it’s time that Congress finally listens to us. That is why I will work to pass legislation that takes the rights of women off of the political bargaining table and cements them into unassailable law.