Celebrating Women's Equality Day
Even though there are plenty of achievements to celebrate this year on Women's Equality Day, there is still a long way to go in the fight for gender equality.
Women are holding more positions of power and shaping the world in many different ways, but there is still much work to be done toward achieving full gender equality.
The disparities that still exist are evident throughout society, from the gender wage gap, to less female representation in politics, to sexist media coverage of the Olympics in Rio this summer.
Columnist Jenni Carlson examined how Olympic coverage showcased some of the struggles still facing women in sports. Time after time, incredible achievements and performances by female athletes were undercut by sexist remarks or demeaning headlines.
After Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú set a world record in the 400-meter individual medley, an NBC commentator called her husband and coach, Shane Tusup, "the guy responsible."
The Chicago Tribune tweeted about Corey Cogdell winning a bronze medal in trapshooting and referred to Cogdell as "wife of a Bears' lineman" instead of using her name.
The list goes on.
U.S. Olympic athletes earned 121 medals during the Rio Olympics, with women taking home 61 of those medals and men taking home 55. Five of the medals were from mixed events.
Gender equality gaps also are evident the political arena, although women continue to make strides.
This year, Hillary Clinton shattered a glass ceiling by becoming the first female presidential nominee for a major U.S. party. In accepting the Democratic Party's nomination, Clinton said:
"Standing here as my mother's daughter and my daughter's mother, I'm so happy this day has come. I'm happy for grandmothers and little girls and everyone in between. I'm happy for boys and men. Because when any barrier falls in America, it clears the way for everyone.
After all, when there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit!
So let's keep going. Let's keep going until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves to have!"
Oklahoma is one of the lowest-ranking states in the nation as far as female representation in the state legislature is concerned. Women hold only 21 of the state's 149 legislative seats, making up 14.1 percent of the Oklahoma legislature. The national average — 24.5 percent — isn't a whole lot better.
As Nuria Martinez-Keel reported, Oklahoma saw an uptick of women running for office this year, which could help boost female representation.
Gov. Mary Fallin, Oklahoma's first female governor, had this to say:
The Tulsa World recently reported that women who work full time, year-round in Oklahoma earn 80 cents for every $1 earned by their male counterparts. That figure came from a 2015 paper by the Institute for Women's Policy Research, which gave Oklahoma a D-plus on employment and earnings.
According to the article, the gender wage gap in Oklahoma has narrowed during recent years. However, the article stated that even if current trends continue, women will not receive equal pay until 2068.