This year’s Women’s Equality Day celebration recognized the pioneers for women’s rights and invited females to continue to redefine women’s roles.
The celebration took place on August 20and welcomed guest speaker Krystal McNutt, a Mayfield High School coach who helps the youth in the Las Cruces community through a non-profit organization.
“Women today have come to view things such as wearing pants, cutting our hair short, wearing knee high skirts, and going to college as an everyday normal thing; however, it has not always been this way,” said McNutt.
She spoke about the history of women’s suffrage and women in the work force.
“On election day in 1920, millions of American women exercised their right to vote for the first time,” said McNutt. “For almost a hundred years women and men had been fighting to win that right.”
She explained that gender roles changed throughout history placing women in and out of the work force. According to McNutt, as women continued to gain more rights in the workplace during the 1980s, they continued to be placed in traditionally feminine jobs like nursing and teaching with few chances of advancement.
“In the 1990s more women were rising into leadership roles but surveys show that it required more effort, that they have to be exceptionally better, and they must devote more time than men,” said McNutt.
McNutt also spoke about the importance of exercising the right to vote and being an educated voter.
At the end of the event, McNutt received a WSMR throw from Roberta Ham, President of the Three Crosses Chapter of Federally Employed Women.