The Importance of Women Voting

As November draws closer and closer, it’s almost time for the presidential election. Here at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), San Jose, we encourage all our students to vote. Whether you do that by going to the polls while staying safe or through the mail, your opinion makes a huge difference! With the majority of our students being female and now with the passing of women’s rights advocate, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we wanted to especially motivate the women in our community to have their voices heard.

Read our blog to learn more about the history of women voting and why it’s so important to hear from this group of people!

California’s Suffragette Movement

In California, suffragists were organized and fighting for voting rights as early as 1848 when the movement for women’s voting rights began nationwide. From talking to people on the street to advertising their mission on billboards throughout the state, these advocates spent years fighting for this cause. All their hard work finally paid off! After a narrow election in 1911, women were given the right to vote in California and San Francisco became the most populous city in the world where that was possible. This accomplishment in the Golden State paved the way for other states to keep fighting and eventually led to the passing of the 19th amendment.

Group of women suffragettes

The 19th Amendment

Just last year, the United States celebrated its centennial anniversary of the 19th amendment. As many people know, this amendment passed in 1919 said that every state could not deny someone the right to vote based on their sex. Of course, this milestone didn’t happen overnight. What’s now known as the 19th amendment was originally proposed to Congress in 1878. But it wasn’t until the influence of the women’s suffrage movement, like the one in California, that this was able to become possible. The 1920 election was the first one that granted women from every state the opportunity to vote!

Voting Rights for All

While the 19th amendment was a step in the right direction, the work for giving voting rights to all women was far from done. Women of color were often barred from voting at polls that were only allowed for white men and women. The fight to extend the same rights white women were granted continued up until 1965 with the Voting Rights Act. This act finally prohibited racial discrimination and granted everyone their civic right.

Why Should Women Vote Today

In today’s world, it can be easy to forget that there was a time where groups of people weren’t allowed to vote in America. That’s why we think it’s so important to learn about voting history and remember that you’ve been given the chance to make a real difference many others had to fight for. Plus, you’re voting for people who affect your daily life. Everyone wants to have people represent them who you believe can make a positive impact.

women voting at the polls

How to Prepare to Vote

We know that voting can seem overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time. If you’re feeling hesitant to vote because you’re not sure if you’ve prepared properly, don’t worry! We’ve made a list of easy things that’ll help you get ready for November:

  • Research the candidates for both state and national elections.
  • Find out more about the political parties.
  • Review California’s rules and regulations.
  • Register to vote. If you don’t know how to do this, we cover it all in our blog.
  • Look up the nearest polling station if you’re not voting by mail.
  • Remember to fill out your ballot through the mail or at the polls!

Get Out There and Vote

The United States benefits when the voices of everyone are heard and listened to! That’s why we hope all our students will contribute their informed opinions to this election. If you have any more questions about how to prepare, reach out to your local county officials and they’d be happy to help.

5 Things To Do Before Your First Day of Beauty School

The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), San Jose is striving to do everything possible to keep a safe environment for all students and educators so that you can get the education you’ve been dreaming of! Our Student Salon Training Area is navigating reopening safety precautions taken with COVID in September, so we’ve adjusted and could not be more excited to help our students pursue their passions whether it’s cosmetology or esthetics.

Your first day of beauty school is going to be full of excitement and new information. We want you to set yourself up for success and start off right by giving you five things you should do before your first day of school. That way you can stay safe while soaking up all the new information, meeting new people, and focusing on your beauty school goals! Let’s get started.

1. Learn the New Sanitation and Safety Guidelines

hairstylist cutting hair with covid-19 safety precautions

Safety and sanitization is an important part to becoming a great beauty professional, especially during this time of COVID-19! Make sure to read up on the guidelines you will need to take to ensure the safety of yourself, classmates, and educators. At TSPA San Jose, we strive to keep a safe and secure environment for everyone in the building. To learn more about safety guidelines now and as we prepare to reopen our Student Salon Training Area, head to this blog that discusses everything to do with our Hygiene Guidelines for Hairdressers as We Prepare To Reopen.

2. Pick Out Some Outfits

trendy woman in a black outfit

Feeling confident and beautiful even with a mask as an accessory can make all the difference when going to school. Even with everything going on, it’s still back-to-school season! A few outfits (and maybe some masks to match) should definitely be on your list of things to do before school. If you want to look the part, invest in some outfits!

Did you know that most beauty schools require their students to dress in all black outfits? Here are some reasons why:

  • You can better see the color.
  • It keeps the attention on the client’s hair or makeup.
  • Stains are easier to hide.

Being comfortable on your first day is also a must. When it comes to shoes, look for some that are comfy for long periods of time on your feet, close-toed for your safety, and non-slip so you don’t take a fall.

3. Pack Your Beauty Bag

trendy young woman with backpack over shoulder

Having all the back-to-school essentials in your beauty bag can make for a more relaxed and fun day of learning! Some important things you may want to have in your backpack are:

  • Hand Sanitizer to keep hands clean.
  • Extra masks and gloves for safety.
  • Planner to know what’s going on.
  • Notebook to write in.
  • Pen/pencil for writing purposes.
  • Gum to have fresh breath.
  • Chapstick/lip gloss to have soft lips.
  • Water bottle to drink and rejuvenate.
  • Phone charger to charge your phone.
  • Deodorant/Perfume to stay smelling good.

4. Create A Beauty Instagram Profile

girl texting on her phone

One of the best ways to get your name and your beauty skills out into the world is through marketing, especially when word of mouth is a little tricky these days. Of all the ways to market yourself, the hottest for the beauty industry is Instagram! This social media tool can allow friends, acquaintances, clients, and family members to see your journey and follow along.

Before school starts, you’ll definitely want to make your own profile. It’s a great way to document, see, and share your progress with the social media world! By doing so, you can feel confident, create a name for yourself, and get a head- start on your future career. To learn more about why an Instagram profile is so important and some killer tips on how to create one, visit our blog: 5 Tips To Create an Amazing Beauty Portfolio on Instagram!

5. Network With Other Beauty Professionals

diverse friends hugging and laughing

Knowing some familiar faces on your first day of school can make for a fun start to your beauty education! Follow TSPA San Jose on Facebook and Instagram to connect with previously enrolled, currently enrolled, and even future enrolled students. Connect, follow, befriend, and make plans to have a great time in your program!

Get Excited for Your First Day!

Have you prepared to have your own first day of beauty school? If you haven’t, find out what TSPA San Jose can do for you! If you’re interested in cosmetology or esthetics, check out more of our blog to explore these two programs, or give us a call so we can answer any questions you have and give you the resources you need to move forward confidently!