From September 15th to October 15th each year, Americans celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of the Hispanic community. This heritage month began as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was further extended by Ronald Reagan during his presidency. Hispanic Heritage Month carries a theme each year, and we commemorate “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope” in 2021.
When it comes to women’s rights, the U.S. has come a long way. It’s hard to believe that just 100 years ago, white women received the right to vote. The ability to vote and have their voices heard impacted several facets of politics and the economy. It wasn’t until 1965 that all U.S. citizens were granted the right to vote with no restrictions. However, women are still fighting for equality in many different areas of their lives, including their finances.
This past year, the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor sparked discussions around racism and inequality in America, prompting calls for social justice. Social injustice, however, is not limited to the inexcusable deaths of unarmed black and brown Americans. Disparities in financial resources also poke holes in the American Dream and keep many Americans struggling to get above the poverty line. While exploring the ThinkNow ConneKt platform, we discovered the LGBTQ+ community is a victim of financial inequality.