Oprah is trying to stress the importance of voting, so on election day in the United States, she will be giving her employees the day off.
By making November 3 a company holiday, Winfrey said she hopes to honor “those who fought and continue to fight for our rights.”
“This will give my team the necessary time to put on their masks, get to the polls, cast their ballots, and volunteer,” she said in a video posted to Instagram.
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Today marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women – although not all women – the right to vote. In honor of those who fought and continue to fight for our rights, I’m announcing that November 3rd, Election Day, will be a company holiday at @owntv. This will give my team the necessary time to put on their masks, get to the polls, cast their ballots, and volunteer. I challenge other companies to do the same because this might be the most important election of our lives. Together we can overcome all obstacles in order to exercise our right to vote. Follow @ownyourvote for more updates this election season 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
A press release from OWN said the full paid day off for election days will apply to national and presidential elections.