I believe it is critically important that the United State be a world leader in eliminating discrimination against women. The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) requires nations to take action to equalize the status of women to provide equal opportunity to fully participate in social, political and economic life. CEDAW is awaiting ratification by the U.S. Senate. The United States is one of a handful of countries that has not ratified the treaty. I strongly support the ratification.