This March, please join me in recognizing the extraordinary contributions women have made throughout history by celebrating Women's History Month. Women have made tremendous strides and have changed the course of our history, and I want to thank them for staying their course.
From pioneers like Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman elected to Congress, and our party leader, Nancy Pelosi, the first female Speaker of the House of Representatives, to the recent installation of the first African American Louisiana Chief Justice, Bernette Johnson, women have achieved greatness in their own right.
I am so proud of these women for breaking glass ceilings in American politics. With the unveiling of the statue in honor and memory of Rosa Parks, we see just how vital women have been in fighting for change and social justice.
However, this month isn't just about notable women, I am just as proud of our nation's unsung heroes. This month is also about celebrating the countless mothers and grandmothers who have dedicated their lives to ensure we were promised a better tomorrow. This month, I salute you too. Just last week, we passed the Violence Against Women Act to protect women in Louisiana and across the nation from senseless acts of violence, but we have more work to do.
The across-the-board spending cuts that went into effect on March 1st will reduce critical investments in small business, health care, medical research, education and child care assistance. Many of these cuts threaten to hurt America's women and working families. I want you to know I am committed to working with both my Republican and Democrat colleagues to protect the gains women have made and support legislation to improve the lives of women and families in Louisiana and across the country.
Congressman Cedric Richmond
2nd Congressional District of Louisiana