U.S. Sen. Mark Begich released the following statement in honor of Women's Equality Day which is celebrated each year on August 26 to mark the anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
The 19th Amendment passed on August 26, 1920 and Women's Equality Day has been marked each year since 1971 when Congress passed legislation designating the day.
"As we celebrate Women's Equality Day in Alaska and across the country, this is an opportunity to reflect upon the strides women have made in achieving equality in America, and also the challenges still ahead.
"The passage of Title IX, allowing women to compete in collegiate sports; the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Act, ensuring women the opportunity to fight against workplace discrimination; and providing equal access to health care for women without charging higher prices are all incredibly important steps we have taken as a country to ensure equality for women.
"But there is much more to do, including guaranteeing women can earn equal pay for equal work, and not have to continually worry their health care options will be challenged or diminished. These fights must continue until there is true equality in the workforce, in the community, and at home.
"Our endless commitment to equality has brought new possibilities to the mothers, daughters and sisters of this nation, and continued efforts will bring continued successes. Women's Equality Day serves as a reminder that there is always room for progress and that equality is of the utmost importance, not just for women but all Americans."