By Danielle Sheer
Today marks Women’s Equality Day here in the United States, as we commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote.
And although this is a U.S. milestone, we celebrated women’s equality on a global scale earlier this week here at Commvault! I had the honor of joining our Women in Technology (CV WiT) Employee Resource Group (ERG) for its Women’s Equality Day event, where I helped lead a discussion with our Vaulters on the history of the 19th Amendment and highlighted some of the lesser-known facts surrounding its ratification. As we talked about the journey to women’s equality in the U.S. (and around the world!) it was incredible to be part of this discussion with our Vaulters. Hearing the experiences and perspectives of the women of Commvault and learning how to best support each other empowers us to create a more equitable future and reach our full potential without barriers.
Our ERGs and Employee Affinity Groups (EAGs) here at Commvault help us drive a culture of inclusion and respect as we continue to further our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. We are all about creating opportunities to drive awareness, have open conversations, and encourage reflection! And in addition to working with our CV WiT ERG, I’m also proudly helping lead our newly formed Employee Affinity Group (EAG) Family Support Network, where we discuss parenting, caretaking, and the challenges and opportunities of work-life integration.
We continue to cultivate a culture at Commvault where we can all thrive and be our best selves! I couldn’t be prouder of the work all our ERGs and EAGs are doing to empower our Vaulters every day.
And in case you wanted to learn more about the background of the 19th Amendment, check out these facts below:
- The text that would become the 19th amendment in 1920 was originally proposed to U.S. Congress in 1878.
- A tragic pandemic helped the women’s suffrage cause. The 1918 flu spread among soldiers in the last stages of World War I, creating a sudden shortage of men. As women surged into the U.S. workforce, they blew apart the arguments that they were delicate and intellectually inferior — and unequal pay and poor working conditions galvanized their drive for equal rights and protections.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first president whose mother was eligible to vote. Warren G. Harding’s mother, Calvin Coolidge’s mother, and Herbert Hoover’s mother had already died by the time their sons ran for U.S. president.
- Mississippi was the very last U.S. state to ratify the 19th amendment, which finally happened on March 22, 1984. 1984!