Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada's Third District released the following statement today celebrating the 90th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.
"On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. Every year, our country celebrates this milestone with Women's Equality Day. In the years since we gained the right to vote in 1920, women have continued to make strides in American life to achieve more access, more participation, more rights, and true equality.
"Celebrating this anniversary not only helps us remember the incredible women of our past, it inspires the next generation of women and women leaders. When women gain numbers in representation, and more women engage in the political process, women gain influence -- and that means greater progress for America's women and families.
"Susan B. Anthony said "there never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers,' and I know it pleases us all that women's participation in politics has accelerated rapidly in recent years. In 1987, there were only 16 women serving in the House of Representatives and only two women serving in the Senate. Today there are 76 women in the House, 17 in the Senate, and three on the Supreme Court.
"I have been working hard for women in Congress. According to last year's Shriver Report, for the first time in our nation's history, women make up half of all U.S. workers. Mothers are the primary breadwinners or co-breadwinners in two-thirds of American families.
"With more women than ever working, it is even more critical to fight for fairness and equality for America's working women. Health care reform will help improve access to care while ending discriminatory practices that leave women facing higher costs. In addition, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first bill President Obama signed when he took office, gives women the tools to fight pay discrimination in the workplace.
"But we still have not achieved equal pay. Women earn 77 cents to every dollar earned by a man. That is why I cosponsored and the House passed H.R. 12, the Paycheck Fairness Act. We must right this injustice and urge the Senate to pass this bill.
"We stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us. Let us remember the fierce determination of the women who won for us the right to vote. Let us honor their sacrifice, engage in the political process, and exercise our right to vote."