In recognition of Women’s History Month, DNC Chairman Tim Kaine, DNC Vice Chair Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and DNC Women’s Caucus Chair Mame Reiley released the following statements.
DNC Chairman Tim Kaine said:
This month, I join with Americans across the country in remembering the countless ways that women have shaped American history and to honor women who are helping to write new chapters of our American story. We remember the women who broke barriers through their work – women like Frances Perkins, who was the first female Cabinet Member and as Secretary of Labor worked hard to support public works and to secure new protections for America's workers. We remember the women who made history with their courage – women like Elizabeth Eckford, Carlotta Walls LaNier, Minnijean Brown Trickey, Gloria Ray Karlmark, Thelma Mothershed Wair, and Melba Pattillo Beals, the six women of the Little Rock Nine, who inspired Americans with their heroic stand for civil rights. We remember women who have made history more recently – women like Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, who along with Ruth Bader Ginsburg have brought the total number of women serving concurrently on the Supreme Court to the largest number ever. And we also remember unnamed women who have fought for Americans’ civil rights and human rights through history, and who continue to do so. To all those women, I say thank you for moving our nation forward.
DNC Vice Chair Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said:
In 1917, Jeannette Rankin became the first woman ever to serve in Congress. In the years since, nearly 300 other women, including myself, have had the honor to serve in the House or Senate. Indeed, women have made great strides in the public and private sectors – becoming not only top government officials but also top decision makers at American companies and entrepreneurs in their own right. Yet there is still more progress to be made. Women comprise only 17 percent of Congress, remain underrepresented in government positions and top corporate jobs and are paid less compared to men for the same work. This Women’s History Month, I urge all Americans to think seriously about what more we can do to ensure that women’s future is even brighter than women’s history.
DNC Women’s Caucus Chair Mame Reiley said:
Throughout American history, women have struggled to earn the right to participate fully alongside men in the voting booth, in the private sector, and in society. In support of equality, women have picketed lawmakers, marched in the streets, and pursued all possible other forms of non-violent activism. As a result, women today are equals under the law and are closer than ever to achieving full equality in practice. Yet if history has taught us anything, it is that we cannot stand still. Women must keep moving forward. In order to guarantee women’s continued advancement, all Americans must guard against backsliding by actively participating in our political process and standing up for women’s rights. This Women’s History Month, it is my wish that we all do so.