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08/25/2015 05:35 pm ET Updated Sep 10, 2015

7 Things To Know If You Think Women Are Equal To Men

This Women's Equality Day, women still aren't equal.

 August 26 is National Women's Equality Day. Real strides have been made since the first Women's Equality Day in 1971, established on the date when a woman's right to vote was ratified to raise awareness about women's inequality and call for change. But there's a whole lot left to accomplish before we can say gender equality has been reached. 

There are certainly reasons to celebrate how far we've come since 1971. The number of women in Congress is at an all-time high, and women are breaking important barriers -- like the kickass pair of women who were the first to graduate from Army Ranger school this month. Janet Yellen leads the Federal Reserve, and women are serious contenders to become the next President. Yet women in the U.S. are still at a disadvantage when it comes to wages, living in poverty and experiencing sexual violence. 

Below are 7 ways women and men still aren't equal. Let this be a call to action for all advocates of gender equality. Things can only get better in 2016: 

  • 1 In the U.S., there are more male CEOs named 'John' than woman CEOs overall.
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    Yes, really. Only 14.2 percent of the top five leadership positions at S&P 500 companies are held by women.
  • 2 Women are a minority in the Senate and the House.
    According to <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/01/05/the-new-congress-is-80-percent-white-80-percen
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    According to The Washington Post, Congress is 80 percent male and 80 percent white. The number of women in Congress is at an all-time high. Also, 0 percent of U.S. Presidents have been women. Infographic by The Washington Post.
  • 3 Women are more likely to experience domestic violence.
    According to the <a href="http://www.ncadv.org/learn/statistics" target="_blank">National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
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    According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 5 women have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime, compared to 1 in 7 men. At least one-third of women murdered in the U.S. over a 9-year period were killed by their male partners. While no person should have to experience domestic violence, the fact that women are overwhelmingly the victims is troubling. Infographic by Frankie Rendón for the University of New England's Online School of Social Work.
  • 4 Women are more likely to be living in poverty.
    According to the <a href="ttp://www.nwlc.org/our-issues/poverty-%2526-income-support/data-on-poverty-%2526-income">National W
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    According to the National Women's Law Center: "Poverty is a women’s issue. Nearly six in ten poor adults are women, and nearly six in ten poor children live in families headed by women. Poverty rates are especially high for single mothers, women of color, and elderly women living alone."
  • 5 Women are more likely to be sexually assaulted.
    According to the CDC, an estimated <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/nisvs_report2010-a.pdf" target="_blank"
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    According to the CDC, an estimated 1 in 5 women in the United States has been raped in their lifetime, compared to 1 in 71 men. We need to put an end to all sexual assault -- and understanding the gender discrepancy in the victims is one step towards elimination.
  • 6 Pay inequality is real.
    A 2014 study showed that the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/13/gender-wage-gap-study-aauw_n_4950430.html" tar
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    A 2014 study showed that the gender pay gap is alive and well in all 50 states. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women make approximately 78 cents for every dollar a man makes. The wage gap is even larger for women of color: African-American women earn 64 cents for every dollar a white man makes, and Latina women earn a mere 56 cents. Illustration by Tri Vo, Mic.
  • 7 Women are more likely to be stalked.
    Of course, no person should be the victim of stalking. But <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/nisvs_report201
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    Of course, no person should be the victim of stalking. But according to the CDC, 1 in 7 women and "have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed," compared to 1 in 18 men.

 Let's see how much of a change we can make in the year to come. 

 

 

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