Today, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in honor of Women’s History Month, which is March:
“As a woman, a mother, a daughter, a wife, and a friend, I couldn’t be more proud to celebrate Women’s History Month, a time for us to reflect on all the progress we’ve made as a nation, and to commit ourselves to the work that still is left to do for all the girls and women of our country and our world. Women in our country have achieved so much in spite of the odds. Our stories are woven into the fabric of America—inspiring generations to look to the future, dream impossible dreams, and take our country to new heights.
“We’ve come so far, and in President Obama, women continue to have an ally in the White House. The first piece of legislation he signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, taking us one step closer to equal pay for equal work. He fought tirelessly until the Affordable Care Act became the law of the land—a law that prevents insurance companies from unfairly discriminating against women. He nominated two women to the Supreme Court, including the first Latina. And he’s done so much more. The President’s record is one we can all be proud of.
“Just this week, we were reminded of how we must never lose focus of the important work left to do for women and all Americans. On Wednesday, we honored the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement Rosa Parks with one of the very few statues in our Capitol dedicated to a woman. And yesterday, the House came together and finally passed a bipartisan piece of legislation that will help protect more women and their families from violence. The reauthorized and strengthened Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) takes us forward in the fight against domestic violence and adds protections for LGBT Americans, Native American women, and immigrant women. The President made clear this was a priority for his Administration and that he will sign this legislation as soon as it hits his desk.
“But we can’t stop now. Our work is not yet done. Women in our nation and our world still face so many challenges. This Women’s History Month, we must recommit ourselves to the struggle for true equality and opportunity. We must remind ourselves how hard we’ve fought to get where we are today, that it is our responsibility to carry on the legacy of those before us, and that it is our great honor to pave the way for those still to come.”