While it's hard to imagine today, less than 100 years ago women were taking to the streets and fighting for the right to vote. They marched down Pennsylvania Avenue, carrying banners and chanting slogans. And for their efforts, they were heckled, hit, arrested and eventually, force fed while in police custody during a hunger strike.
Today marks "Equal Pay Day," the day when women's pay finally catches up to men's pay from last year. You'll have to forgive me for not cheering too loudly. Each year Equal Pay Day highlights how far we still have to go in the fight for pay equity, and it's striking how little headway has been made on closing the gap in recent years, with progress all but stagnating in the past decade. Across the board, women continue to be paid less than their male counterparts -- a fact that takes on new significance in an election year where the views of the Republican presidential candidates on the gender pay gap range from dismissive to downright hostile.
As the President and CEO of Women's Foundation, I'm often asked by supporters, "How can we help close the gender pay gap?" In the past, I've encouraged them to help raise awareness of the issue, to advocate for policy changes in state and local governments, as we've done. But now we have another tool in our toolki