U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) announced today that a bipartisan resolution she introduced with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) recognizing March 8, 2017, as International Women's Day passed the Senate unanimously last night. The International Women's Day resolution celebrates the economic, political, and social achievements of women while recognizing the obstacles women continue to face in the struggle for equal rights and opportunities.
"Women have blazed trails and broken barriers in every field of endeavor," said Senator Collins. "International Women's Day celebrates the countless important social, economic, cultural, and political contributions that women are making in the United States and around the world. This resolution recognizes those achievements and reaffirms our enduring commitment to work toward a world that guarantees basic human rights and empowers women to be the leaders of tomorrow."
In support of the goals of International Women's Day, the resolution affirms the advancement of women as a foreign policy priority for the United States. It also recognizes that women's realization of their full potential through education and economic empowerment is critical to a nation's ability to achieve strong and lasting economic growth, as well as political and social stability. Specifically, the bipartisan resolution highlights the underrepresentation of women in most aspects of public life, the denial of basic human rights for women in many countries, and the threat of violence and abuse that too many women around the world continue to face.
Senators Collins and Shaheen have led the International Women's Day resolution in the Senate since 2011.