Women’s History Month serves to highlight past civil rights accomplishments, inspire young girls, and boost the efforts of today’s women in workplaces, schools, and families.
Women’s history is often taught secondary to the history made by men. This is due in part to the limitations placed on women regarding their freedom to move about the world, but those restrictions have been overridden time and again throughout the ages. Women’s History Month celebrates those achievements.
At the women-led firm of Levin Simes, we know we stand on the shoulders of trailblazers who have fought the good fight for equality. Women’s history is our history, and the successes we’re able to achieve on behalf of our clients help form the future.
If you’re in need of legal representation for women’s issues with discrimination, assault, or childcare, you can contact Levin Simes via our online form or by calling (415) 426-3000. For more information on how far women’s rights have come, and the next steps to take towards true equality, read on.
The first National Women’s Day in the United States was marked on February 28, 1909. It began as an occasion to support the striking women workers of the garment industry in New York City, who protested against unfair low wages, sexual harassment, and dangerous working conditions.
The lack of regulations to protect female employees eventually caused the deaths of 146 people in Manhattan’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire on March 25, 1911. The Triangle Shirtwaist tragedy is still the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of New York, and one of the deadliest industrial incidents that has ever occurred in U.S. history.
The life-threatening risk of textile factory work was known long before the Triangle Shirtwaist catastrophe, and that horrendous incident could have been avoided if the protests of female workers on the first Women’s Day had been heard.
The United Nations (UN) officially recognized International Women’s Day in 1975, and the first world conference on the status of women was convened in Mexico City, Mexico later that year. The progress made between 1911 and 1975 includes:
Each of these milestones granted women equivalent rights to men, long-withheld control over their bodies and finances, as well as more independence to shape the world around them. But the fight for equal rights is not yet over.
The fight for equal rights is not yet over, and the personal injury attorneys at Levin Simes are on the frontline for women’s fair treatment.
Though women’s rights have made tremendous advancements in the 20th century, there are still gaps of inequality between the genders that have yet to be squared. These include:
One of the most important aspects of Women’s History Month is the chance to use reflections on the past to spur further progress for the future.
Interesting fact: Pink used to be considered a boy’s color. In the 1920s, pastels and other light colors were considered appropriate for all young children, with pink in particular seen as a boy’s color because it was a junior version of the masculine “warlike” red for men.
The law operates on precedent, meaning cases are frequently decided based on what has been done before. With a knowledge of historical decisions, your attorney strengthens the argument for your case. Similarly, by pursuing cases specific to women and pointing out the disparity in the law between genders, new precedents can be set.
At Levin Simes, we know that history is the mark left by the decisions we make in the present. If it’s time for you to take a stand against injustice, our attorneys are ready to join you.
Contact Levin Simes today at (415) 426-3000 for a free, confidential consultation. Remember that justice for one woman can help improve the lives of many others in schools, workplaces, and domestic situations across the country. You can be part of the inspiring history that is taught to tomorrow’s daughters.