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We Celebrate Women’s Equality Day by Asking These Women What Equality Means to Them

By Stephanie Jade Wong
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As we celebrate National Women’s Equality Day on August 26, we reflect on what equality means. One of our core values is inclusion, and we believe in equality for all.

Whether you’ve watched Hamilton on Disney+ or not, the lyrics from the cast recording of “The Schuyler Sisters” remind us how hard women have always fought for equality:

“‘We hold these truths to be self-evident

That all men are created equal’

And when I meet Thomas Jefferson,

I'm 'a compel him to include women in the sequel!”

We’ve asked some of our community members about what equality means to them, and here’s what they had to say:

What Does Equality Mean to You?

“Equality means acknowledging and celebrating what makes us different while sharing in our similarities. Equality means we can be open and honest about our backgrounds - where we come from, how we choose to live our lives, and why we believe in what we do - without fearing judgement. Equality means engaging in conversations and appreciating that people may not think the way you do, but they are just as deserving of their opinions as anyone else.” - Davina Farahi — Shaya

“As an African American woman with three sons, equality means not only equal rights for all, but equal consideration without racial, gender, or sexual orientation bias. First Impression is a lasting impression, but a first glance and immediate judgement has to stop!” - Shante Thompson — Doss Couture

“Equality means creating a space where all womxn feel nourished. This means every single woman feels included and accepted no matter their skin color, age, or life choices. I think the more womxn who attempt to create that space for others, the more equal this world becomes.” - Lauren Bates — Wild Terrains

“Equality means more than just everyone being equal. It means that people are who they are, and they’re allowed to celebrate that. It means celebrating our differences but knowing at heart, that we are all the same. We are all on the same earth, we all have the same heart, and we all want everyone to be who they want to be.” - Emily Kong — Emily Kong

“At The Etho, equality is one of our core values. We are not the same and therefore appear different, but we are equal in value.” - Sydney Sherman — The Etho

“Equality is about changing the narrative (what’s normal anyway?!), democratizing beauty, destigmatizing, and normalizing plant-based wellness while also infusing social impact in the process. It’s about reframing and rejecting what beauty and wellness have historically stood for — there’s more than one way to be, live, love, consume, appreciate, and vibrate. It’s about celebrating the beauty of choice. Rules are meant to be broken, especially when the rules were set up by a patriarchal system that did not (and still does not) want the diverse and underrepresented communities to thrive. It’s about taking our power back. Not conforming. Embracing individuality, quirkiness, duality, fluidity, and uniqueness. Not putting limits on yourself and moreover, recognizing you are not alone and you are more than enough. Beauty starts in your head, not in the mirror. Undefined Beauty is about elevating equality in terms of a mindset shift and celebrating this new and important approach to beauty and wellness.” - Dorian Morris — Undefined Beauty

“Equality is unity. It’s when we come together to support each other and lift our voices. It represents fighting for others to accomplish their goals, the same way you fight to accomplish yours.” - Patricia Chourio — The World’s Corner

“Equality means the same opportunities, respect, and consideration for all. It means continuing to empower girls and women to be their best and brightest selves. As a mom of boys, it's my responsibility to raise them with these beliefs instilled in them.” - Michelle Penczak — Squared Away

“Equality means opportunity. It means that you don't have to worry about being too much. It means being respected because of your skill, the way you carry yourself, and because of your ability to continue to find ways to succeed no matter what obstacles are thrown at you. I don't want special opportunities, I want equal ones so that I can truly be the best humxn for the opportunity.” - Vix Reitano — 6BORO Agency

“As we have the opportunity to bring up the next generation, I want to see our girls grow up with equality. They should be brought up with compliments such as, ‘You're so smart,’ and ‘You have great ideas,’ rather than ‘cute,’ and ‘pretty.’ I want to see us building their confidence and complimenting their skills, talents, and passions rather than their looks or ability to maintain decorum or their place in the household. We should give them the opportunity and ability to try and succeed or fail at anything, whether it has been traditionally referred to as a boy's toy, game, activity, sport, or skill. Equality infers the lack of bias when it comes to opportunity in each and every aspect of a person's life. The ability to walk into a room and get the same treatment as a boy should be something that we instill in our future women leaders.” - Taara Sajnani — Sajnani Brand Management

Celebrate Women’s Equality Day

If you haven’t thought much about it yet, what does equality mean to YOU? Let us know on social by tagging @love_indieb on Instagram and using #WomensEqualityDay.

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About the Author: 

Stephanie Jade Wong is a NY-based freelance writer. She likes long walks to coffee shops, trying new beauty products, and petting strangers’ dogs.

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