Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today to mark International Women's Day. This year's theme is "A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women."
"International Women's Day is another opportunity to celebrate the distance we've traveled toward equality and recommit ourselves to keep moving forward on the path to justice in our country and around the world.
"Even as we look back on a history of progress, it is our responsibility to build a future of security and success for all women. It is our duty to empower women in their communities; to ensure that no woman is forced to fear for her own safety in her own home; to extend the promise of equal rights, equal pay, and equal opportunity to every woman. It is our obligation to help our mothers and daughters reach their full potential, get an education, join the workforce, access quality health care, choose their leaders, and lead their nations.
"Extraordinary challenges remain. Too often, women find themselves the victims of discrimination and abuse, and, in the spirit of this year's theme, I am proud that Congress finally acted to strengthen and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, including firm steps to combat human trafficking. But more must be done -- because when women prosper, families thrive; when women succeed, communities flourish; when women lead, countries grow stronger.
"On this International Women's Day and every day, let's work together, across parties and across borders, to advance the cause of equality, push forward the drive for justice, and secure the rights of women worldwide."