Women's rights

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In response to recent and ongoing attacks on reproductive rights, Amalgamated Bank announced today new internal Human Resource guidelines and the launch of the Critical Reproductive Access Fund, hosted by the Amalgamated Foundation.

Today, on Women’s Equality Day, we are reminded of how far we have yet to go, in the fight for gender justice. Gender inequalities, trans- and homophobias are all inextricably linked to a deep-rooted patriarchal culture. 

Today, on International Women’s Day (March 8, 2021), we honor the centuries-long plight of women around the world, from women’s suffrage to #MeToo, and everything in between. The theme for this year’s women’s day is #ChooseToChallenge, based on the premise that from challenge comes change. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequalities. We can also choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. At Amalgamated Bank, we always choose to challenge social inequalities and injustices. 

This August marks 100 years since the passage of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the constitutional right to vote in the largest expansion of democracy in the history of the U.S. As we reflect on the significance of this anniversary, it’s necessary to analyze the intersectional dynamics of the suffrage movement and how these tensions continue to play a part in the fight for equitable access to voting today.

Last week, our government once again changed hands, ending a chapter — and starting another — of great uncertainty and tension for America.

I recently attended a women’s networking event where I joined some of New York’s top female leaders in business and politics to discuss professional challenges that women still face in male-dominated industries, and how we, as women, are working to overcome the gender inequality that remains in benefits, wages, and leadership.