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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence Introduces H.Res. 457 –Honoring the Anniversary of the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention

July 19, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) introduced bipartisan House Resolution 457 which honors the 169th anniversary of the United States women’s rights movement initiated by the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, New York:

“On July 19, 1848, the first convention focused on women’s rights was held in Seneca Falls where a momentous movement was born.  And now, on July 19, 2017—that movement continues.  As the Vice Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, the Co-chair of the Democratic Women’s Working Group and as a woman in America, I know all too well that the struggle for gender equality continues.

“H.Res. 457 addresses the historic struggle and success spawned by the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention and calls for recognition and celebration of the women’s rights movement.  Though we may now have the right to vote, women in America continue to fight to truly have a voice.  The 1848 Convention started a movement that dared to defy the normalcy of inequality and broke down barriers that once stifled so many for so long.  However, we must remember that we still have a long way to go in the fight for women’s rights.      

 “We must never forget the civil and human rights activists who fought for women’s rights in America and we must continue to push forward. I am proud to introduce this Resolution and know that we are one step closer to equality, a voice and a seat at the table for all women in our nation.”

 

Background:

H.Res. 457 highlights the gender disparities present in 1848 and continued disparities that are still present in our society today.  This Resolution also calls on educators, government officials, and businesses to celebrate the legacy of the women’s rights movement and the struggle that began so long ago.  This bipartisan Resolution has 37 original co-sponsors.

 

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