This year marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, a major milestone in the fight for gender-based equality. But the early women’s suffrage movement failed in many ways, erasing the work of Black suffragists and leaving room for the continued discrimination of marginalized groups of women.

Today, intersectional feminists still face systemic barriers to gender equity. The country's top power holders and industry leaders have struggled to catch up with the intersectional demands of a diverse gender justice movement. According to a recent Pew Research poll, 57% of Americans believe there's still work to be done to reach gender parity.

Reflecting on a century of continued activism, Mashable spoke with nine women leaders about what the fight for gender equality has meant for them, the movement’s successes, and what still needs to be done.

Tarana Burke, #MeToo Founder 

Progress for the movement also means that we finally center the voices of Black survivors and survivors of color… The Survivors’ Agenda and ongoing work that Me Too is doing seeks to ensure that BIPOC survivors have adequate access to healing and legal resources and that we’re correctly conveying how the intersections of race, gender, and class impact survivor communities…

Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center  

The world that we are fighting for is really one where women know they can live and learn and work with safety, equity, and dignity. And that we see that show up in every capita of our lives —that is reflected in our culture, it's reflected in our laws, it's reflected in our policies, it's reflected in the way that our institutions operate... When I think about the movement now, there is that clarity that, in the end, we are actually talking about one movement — that support of Black lives is a gender justice movement, and that the movement around survivor justice, both supports Black lives and a gender justice priority... If you think about the lessons that we've had over the last century, some of it is understanding that you lose when you narrow your movement.

Read the full article about progress on gender equality by Chase DiBenedetto at Mashable.