Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet
Rep. Wasserman Schultz recognizes Women's History Month
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) made the following statement in recognition of Women's History Month:
"March marks Women's History Month: an opportunity to honor the great achievements and advancements women have made to our society. This year's Women's History Month theme, "Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet," recognizes the many women scientists, business leaders, conservationists, and others who have showed exceptional vision and leadership in the ongoing efforts to save our planet.
"As a nation, we have taken baby steps and great leaps towards equality for all. Just 89 years ago, women won the right to vote. Today, we have the first-ever female Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and a record-setting number of women serving in public office and leading companies and organizations across the country. Women have burst through barriers in all facets of lifefrom Eileen Collins, the first woman astronaut, to Nan Rich, my State Senator, who just became the first female Democratic Leader in the Florida State Senate, women are creating a path for others to follow. But our work is not done.
"As we look to the future and the steps that must be taken to save our planet, women can and will take the lead. I am working with all of my colleagues in Congress to create a better, brighter environment for future generations. We are working toward an economy based on clean, renewable energy, creating tens of thousands of green jobs, and enacting significant climate change legislation.
"Last year, as the Chair of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee on Appropriations, I helped implement Speaker Pelosi's goal of greening' the Capitol building. We eliminated the use of coal from the House of Representatives' heating system, started using non-toxic cleaning products, increased water conservation, replaced all incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents, and even implemented a composting system for the thousands of pounds of food waste generated by the Capitol each week. I have also been working hard in the Appropriations Committee to secure the resources we need to restore Florida's Everglades and protect the endangered species that inhabit this beautiful part of our state.