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Women’s Equality Day reminds us of the power of empowerment

The 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, was first introduced in 1878, but women fought for another 40 years before it was certified on Aug. 26, 1920. Women across the U.S. were eligible to vote in the next election.

Each year, on Aug. 26, Women’s Equality Day commemorates the suffragettes’ success. The right to vote gave women political equality, empowering them to speak for themselves and what they believe in.

For all people, regardless of gender or other differences, empowerment is key to ensuring they feel heard and included. At Penn State Health, this sense of belonging strengthens connections among colleagues, patients and their families, doctors and the community, fostering an appreciation of differences – and similarities – among us all.

What can you do to empower others – and yourself?

Learn. Take time out of your day to join in discussions of equality and inclusion. Some of these topics can be difficult to talk about, but hearing and speaking about them in a safe place helps to increase awareness and understand the perspectives of others. It can also mean that you feel empowered to speak up – and stand up – for others, and yourself, as you go about your daily life.

The Penn State Health Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion provides opportunities all year for employees to listen, learn and share about ways to create a culture where everyone feels respected and valued.

Visit the diversity events calendar to see all scheduled sessions and activities. A few coming up include:

To keep up to date on all diversity and inclusion events, sign up for the monthly diversity e-newsletter.

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