DNC Chair Tom Perez and DNC Women’s Caucus Chair Lottie Shackelford released the following statement recognizing Women’s History Month:
“Women’s History Month is an opportunity to celebrate women of every color, class, creed, and sexual orientation who have made invaluable contributions to this country since its inception. We honor scientists and suffragists, engineers and entrepreneurs, athletes and public servants, and so many others who have moved our country forward and blazed a trail of progress for future generations.
“But as we’ve seen over the last year of the Trump administration, women’s fight for true equality is far from over. In Washington and across the country, Donald Trump and Republicans are blocking progress on critical issues like equal pay and affordable child care and attacking women’s reproductive rights.
“In stark contrast to the attacks by Trump’s GOP, President Obama’s administration made great strides for women’s rights, including passing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, creating a National Equal Pay Task Force, expanding overtime protections for millions of working women, passing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, expanding funding and opportunities for women and girls in STEM, and making no-additional-cost birth control available for more than 55 million women. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we should build on that progress and fight back against those who want to turn the clock back on women’s rights.
“Women are leading the resistance, and the Democratic Party will continue to stand in solidarity with women around the world marching for the equality they deserve. Democrats believe in equal pay and paid family leave. We believe in more affordable health care and child care, and better educational opportunities for young girls and women in America and around the world. We believe in ending violence and sexual harassment against women wherever it occurs so that no woman has to say ‘Me too.’ And we believe in electing women up and down the ballot so that our leaders actually represent the diversity of our people.”