Rep. Maloney Statement on Women’s History Month
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), lead sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment, steadfast advocate for women’s rights and leader of the effort in Congress to create a National Women’s History Museum, released the following statement in celebration of Women’s History Month:
“Since 1987, our country has designated March as a month to celebrate and honor the courageous American women who have shaped our nation and changed the world. We salute the women who paved the way for so many to accomplish their goals. We look back at the great Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton who led the suffragist movement here in the United States and we celebrate Jeannette Rankin, the first woman Member of Congress who was sworn into Congress 100 years ago.
“While we have made great strides since Rep. Rankin was sworn in in 1917 and the suffragists were successful in 1920, we still have much to accomplish. We must keep fighting for women, for full equality so that women are given equal pay for equal work, for policies that support all working families like paid leave, and for the Equal Rights Amendment.
“I will continue to fight for our daughters’ futures so that they are empowered to pursue their dreams.
“We cannot empower today’s women if we do not recognize our history and the women who came before us. It is past time for these heroes to be given their place on the National Mall in a Smithsonian museum dedicated to their incredible accomplishments and contributions so that we may continue to inspire generations to come.”