As we observe Women's Equality Day on Aug. 26, which commemorates the day on which the Nineteenth Amendment, giving women the right to vote, was certified in 1920, it's important to take the opportunity to take stock. How far has the United States come in terms of women's rights — and how is it stalling, or going backwards? The news in many quarters seems positive. More Democrat women are running for office in the 2018 midterm elections than ever before, and the #MeToo movement continues to drive public conversation. But there are some fundamental rights for American women remain at risk.
“No country in the world has successfully eliminated discrimination against women or achieved full equality," the United Nations commented in June 2018, adding that there has been "alarming pushback" recently against gender equality in many countries. For any of us observing the current state of politics in the United States, this will feel all too familiar. Just because the United States is following a global trend, however, doesn't mean that it doesn't its own, specific problems. If you want to make a change, register to vote, get active, call your representatives, and keep a watchful eye on your rights. Here are five areas in which women's rights are particularly under threat in the United right now.