DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today commemorating Women’s Equality Day, the anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which gave women the right to vote:
“Ninety-three years ago today, the dream so many women and men fought to achieve was finally realized as women gained the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment. We commemorate this historic step forward for women each year on Women’s Equality Day.
“However, there is still work to do in our fight for true gender equality, and women nationwide continue to strive to break new barriers and move towards a brighter future, just as the generations of women who paved the way before us did. We all share in the responsibility of making sure women and all Americans have the opportunities they need to succeed.
“Recently, we have witnessed shameful efforts by Republicans to make it more difficult for citizens to exercise their right to vote. Laws in states across the country aimed at restricting early voting and voter registration represent a major step backwards. As Democrats, we must continue to work to protect the right to vote for all Americans. The Democratic Party joins President Obama and Democrats in Congress in fighting to protect a voting system that is inclusive – one that truly reflects the values of our nation and the spirit of our democracy.
"Under President Obama’s leadership women continue to move forward, but even as we do so, we know there is so much left to do. On this Women’s Equality Day we must rededicate ourselves to the fight for equality because while we have made tremendous strides our work is far from finished.”