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As February’s Black History Month was exiting to make way for March’s Women’s History Month last week, I sent up three cheers for the unbowed African-American women of the U.S. House of Representatives. They stood tall among the members of the oversight committee who heard testimony from President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and convicted felon Michael Cohen. In his opening diatribe against Mr. Trump, a chastened Cohen — who is on his way to prison — declared that the president directed an illegal 2016 campaign-finance scheme, even in the White House after the election, and he called Mr.
Shirley Chisholm is a veritable icon. About 50 years ago, she became the first black woman to ever be elected to the U.S. Congress, and from there, she went on to become the first black candidate to run for a major party's nomination for president and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. A representative of New York's 12th congressional district, Chisholm ran with the campaign slogan "Unbought and unbossed," a reflection of her mission to be a politician for the people.
Feminists from the House of Representatives, all dressed in “suffragette white,” came together Tuesday to sound the alarm on issues facing women across the country. The Democratic Women’s Working Group’s press conference served as a sort of pre-emptive strike to Trump’s State of the Union address that night—and offered up a State of the American Women address instead. “Despite the considerable progress made by women, the Trump Administration continues to harm our advancements and set women and their families backward,” the group announced in a press statement.
On the heels of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, President Donald Trump will deliver his second State of the Union address tonight — but it will be his first speech with a Democratic-controlled House. Here’s what to expect. The speech: In addition to immigration and national security, Trump will talk about abortion, prescription drug prices, infrastructure and trade. The president could also make some news: he has hinted he may unveil the details for his second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and could declare a national emergency for the wall.
Rep. Brenda Lawrence (at the podium) of Wisconsin speaks at a women's right press conference before the State of the Union. Rosa DeLauro was also in attendance with her signature colored hair (center)- PHOTO
When President Donald Trump on Tuesday gives his second State of the Union address, he will look out at a chamber filled with the most women that have ever served in Congress. On the Democratic side of the House, he'll also see a sea of women wearing white in honor of the suffragettes and the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. A record-setting 102 women won election to the U.S. House last fall and 25 to the Senate. U.S. Rep.
There is one clear area where President Donald Trump has had a unifying effect on Capitol Hill: the color Democratic women wear to joint sessions of Congress. The chairwoman of the Democratic Women’s Working Group, Florida Rep. Lois Frankel, encouraged members to wear white to this year's State of the Union address as a shoutout to the voters who handed Democrats a majority in the House in the midterm elections and a reminder that they plan to make women's economic security a priority.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Lawrence joined fellow Members of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 1585, a bipartisan, robust, long-term Violence Against Women Act reauthorization. The landmark Violence Against Women Act of 1994 ushered in transformative progress by calling for the protection of all Americans from violence and abuse and working to ensure all victims and survivors have access to essential services and to justice.
Watch live as a bicameral group of Democrats reintroduces the Paycheck Fairness Act, marking the 10th anniversary of President Barack Obama signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The group includes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, fellow Democratic Reps. Rosa DeLauro, Bobby Scott, Lois Frankel, Brenda Lawrence, Jackie Speier, and Barbara Lee, and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray.
Democrats rallied to renew the push towards equal pay for equal work, stressing that while there has been progress towards pay equality, women still earn just 80 cents to the dollar a man makes for the same work. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says every member of her caucus signed onto an effort reintroducing the Paycheck Fairness Act, and with the partial government shutdown finally over, her new majority is pressing on with its agenda.