United States

Celebrating equality


It’s been 99 years since the United States adopted the Nineteenth Amendment on this date in 1920, granting women the constitutional right to vote. And since 1971, August 26 has been celebrated each year as National Women’s Equality Day, making this year the 48th year of that celebration. 

We’ve made a lot of progress as a country toward equality since then. Today, in virtually every sector of our society, women are making important contributions to the quality of American life. But there’s still much to be done. For example, just last November, CNBC reported that for every $1 a man makes in this country, a woman makes about 49 cents. (This is according to a study by economists who analyzed the incomes of men and women who worked at least one year between 2001 and 2015.) That’s a much wider gap than previously believed.

Still, as a woman, I’m optimistic about the progress we’re making as a country. As a partner with RSM US LLP, I feel blessed to be with a firm that truly understands the value that all of our people bring to the workplace and to our clients. And I’m inspired every day by the women (and their allies) in our firm who support one another and who cheer one another on as we continue to make positive progress for women in the workplace. That’s why I’m so honored to serve as the national leader of our firm’s national women’s initiative through our STAR (women’s) employee network group.

Our STAR (Stewardship. Teamwork. Advancement. Retention.) employee network group connects all of our people who are interested in women’s work issues. It also helps high-potential and high-performing women achieve success in their careers and helps build pathways to partnership for those who are interested.

This year, in recognition of National Women’s Equality Day, we welcomed more than 200 RSM women to participate in a day of exploring self-advocacy in Chicago on August 22. Our women shared strategies and experiences in building their personal brands, advocating for themselves in their careers and negotiating tactics as women in business. They left empowered to hold similar events in RSM offices around the country. We’re looking forward to hearing their great success stories going forward.  

And today, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating equality for everyone.

Dara Castle
Office Managing Partner, Washington Metro Offices and National STAR (Women’s) Employee Network Group




STAR advocates for women in the workplace with a focus on stewardship, teamwork, advancement and retention opportunities.