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DeLauro Statement on Women’s Equality Day

August 26, 2019
Press Release

A video of her statement can be found here.

WASHINGTON, DC (August 26, 2019)Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released a video on Women’s Equality Day, which celebrates the anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Below are her remarks as delivered:

Hello, this is Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. Today I wanted to take a moment to celebrate Women’s Equality Day.

It was ninety-nine years ago today when women were granted the right to vote via the adoption of the 19th Amendment. And we have made our mark on society in that near century since then. As we recognize the enormous achievements of women, we must vow to uphold our commitments to the work that remains.

The wage gap continues to affect women in all occupations and industries, and it is time put policies in place that respect and honor the hard work of women across the country. Women earn just 80 cents for every dollar a man makes on average.

Women are also less likely than men to have paid sick days or family leave to take care of themselves or their family. On top of that, they disproportionately bear the burden of finding quality, affordable child care. That is simply unacceptable.

I can think of no better way to honor the suffragettes’ monumental achievements than to build upon them. That is why I will continue fighting for women’s equality through policies that will help ensure women have lasting economic security like the FAMILY Act and the Healthy Families Act. Finally, my colleagues and I will not stop in the fight to have the Senate act on the Paycheck Fairness Act. It is time that we honor our word and fight for what women deserve.

Thank you.