On Women's Equality Day, we commemorate the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment and honor the suffragettes and pioneers who blazed the trail for all American women. These pioneers challenged the status quo so women today can pull the lever for progress, and they forced open the doors of equality and justice so all could walk through them.
Though there is much to celebrate in the fight for women's rights, our struggle is far from over. Women still earn 77 cents for every dollar men make, violating the fundamental value of equal pay for equal work. Women hold just 17 percent of the seats in the U.S. Senate and under 17 percent in the House of Representatives - a sign that our goal of equality in representation requires our continued focus and energy.
We must continue to speak out and act on behalf of women across the country and around the world, working until the dream of true equality and civil rights becomes a reality for all women.
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