In recognition of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, DNC Secretary Alice Germond released the following statement:
“During the past century, women throughout the world have made enormous gains – from winning the right to vote and holding elected office to earning greater equality in the workplace and society. Still, there is a great deal of progress to be made. In too many places, women remain underrepresented in decision-making positions in government and business. Women's wages lag behind men's, even for the very same jobs. Too often, women are considered second class citizens, even in their own homes. Too many women still bear the heavy burdens of poverty and are treated as spoils in countries at war. It must be our goal to alleviate those burdens and advance women’s rights everywhere.
"We are half of the world’s population, and in the next one hundred years, five more generations will search and hope for a bright future. A daughter must be as wanted as a son and the opportunities for her must be limitless. And just imagine how our world will thrive when all societies recognize our abilities, encourage our potential and honor us. We truly need all of us, not just 50%, if we are to succeed. So on this 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, let us celebrate our gains by joining together with women and men everywhere to rededicate ourselves to true equality -- for all of our daughters and grand-daughters forever after.”