U.S. Rep. Lawrence and Democratic Women’s Caucus Statement on Women’s Equality Day
Washington, D.C. – Today, Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC) Co-Chairs Congresswomen Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), Jackie Speier (CA-14), and Lois Frankel (FL-21), and Vice Chairs Congresswomen Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Sylvia Garcia (TX-29) issued the following statement on Women’s Equality Day.
“Today we reflect on the legacy of the women who worked to promote change 101 years ago by ensuring that women were no longer denied the right to vote through the enactment of the 19th Amendment,” said the Members. “Yet, while diverse groups of women rallied around the suffrage movement, women of color remained disenfranchised from having access to the voting booth in 1920, facing numerous forms of racism and discrimination, including in the form of voter intimidation tactics, literacy tests, and poll taxes. It was not until the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that the voting rights of most women of color were protected. It is our responsibility to carry the banner of equality forward by continuing to lead the fight for the Equal Rights Amendment, ensure that there is equal pay for equal work, and that we protect a woman’s ability to make the health care choices that are right for her. Women have made great strides towards equity in the past century, and it now falls to us to continue this work to ensure that all women can successfully break the glass ceilings that still hold them back today.”