Congresswoman Maloney Celebrates Women’s Equality Day 2020

Aug 26, 2020
Press Release

NEW YORK, NY — Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), House sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and H.R.1980, the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act, released the following statement in recognition of Women’s Equality Day. 

“As we mark the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, we celebrate significant milestones in the movement for women’s equality and continue the work still ahead.

“Women make up roughly half of the population, but for too long have been left out of the telling of our nation’s story – we must change that. Earlier this year, by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 374-37, the House passed my bill to create a Smithsonian museum on the National Mall dedicated to American women’s history. And today, we unveil the Women's Rights Pioneers Monument, the first statue honoring women (who aren’t fictional characters) in New York’s Central Park.

“I am also fighting to restore the inscription on the Portrait Monument in the U.S. Capitol portraying suffrage leaders Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. In part, the original inscription read, ‘Women first denied a soul, then called mindless, now arisen, declaring herself an entity to be reckoned.’

“As a long-time sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment, I was proud to vote to eliminate the ratification deadline on the amendment. And in January, Virginia became the thirty-eighth state to ratify the ERA. With these victories, I am hopeful that we will finally achieve Constitutional equality for women.

“By celebrating women’s accomplishments, we empower future generations. By enshrining our rights in the Constitution, we guarantee that nothing can stand in their way.”