August 18, 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment that said the right to vote “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Zurich North America’s Women’s Innovation Network (WIN) Employee Resource Group held an event for Women’s Equality Day. During the panel discussion on equality in the workplace featuring North America CEO Kathleen Savio, Diversity & Inclusion Director Lauren Young and Manager Experience Leader and Head of WIN Teresa Logue, Kathleen reflected on the women’s suffrage movement. She remarked being struck by the language of the movement that referred not just to a “right” to vote but a “duty” to vote.
To that end, it was also announced at the WIN event that Zurich was launching our own internal Time to Vote campaign. This campaign aims to provide employees the resources needed to register to vote, locate their polling location, and request a mail-in ballot. This follows an enhancement to the Civic Duty Policy. Under the new policy, an employee who is registered to vote and scheduled to work on an election day can take as much time as needed – which will be paid – to go vote.
Are you planning to vote this year? Have you registered? Take the time this month and visit vote.gov to get this off your “to-do” list.