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Congresswoman Waters Celebrates International Women's Day

March 8, 2018
Press Release

Congresswoman Waters Celebrates International Women’s Day

WASHINGTON -- Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement today in recognition of International Women's Day:
"I am proud to join women all across the world in celebration of International Women's Day, which is an annual recognition of our progress and a reminder of our responsibility in the ongoing struggle for equality, justice, and peace.  

“Today, as we reflect on the great strides women have made over the past century, we must honor the countless examples of courageous trailblazers who refused to be shut up or shut down in their efforts to fight for the equal treatment of women in our society, such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth who fought for women's suffrage despite public ridicule and rejection; Gloria Steinem, Eleanor Smeal, and Patsy Mink, with whom I worked closely to highlight issues affecting working women and to fight for public policies that provide equal treatment for women; Congresswoman Bella Abzug, a progressive trailblazer who famously declared that women did belong in the house – the House of Representatives; Dr. Dorothy Height, the great educator, champion of civil rights, and leader of the National Council of Negro Women; and Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman elected to the U.S. Congress and the first woman to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for president of the United States, who demonstrated what it meant to be unbought and unbossed.

“On this International Women’s Day, let us all embody the spirit and ideals of these fearless women, and countless others in the United States and across the world, who are rising up and uniting to confront the challenges women still face today.”