On this Women’s Equality Day, August 26, 2020, we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The 19th Amendment states, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
In this edition of In the Lead, the Honorable Barbara Hackman Franklin discusses this important milestone in American history. Her unique perspective stems from serving in leadership positions for five U.S. Presidents, leading the first White House effort to recruit women for high-level government jobs and being listed by TIME Magazine as one of the 50 Women Who Made American Political History.
In her responses below, she expands on successful strategies employed by suffragettes, why few women are in global positions of political and corporate leadership and important actions that young leaders can take to press forward with efforts towards fuller equality.