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Congressman Xavier Becerra on Women's History Month


Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-34), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, released the following statement in recognition of Women's History Month.

"March is Women's History Month. This month we pay tribute to all the pioneering women who have transformed America. From the well-known leaders to the unsung heroines, women have shaped our daily lives and the life and character of our country for the better. . .

"Elizabeth Blackwell, America's first female doctor. . . Rosa Parks, whose courageous act to simply hold her seat at the front of the bus, compelled a nation to live up to its founding ideals. . . Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. . . Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina Supreme Court justice.

"Today, we have a record number of women serving in Congress: 78 in the House of Representatives, 20 in the Senate.

"Most importantly, let us not forget America's everyday women, the ones who don't carry the fancy title or make the big bucks. Their spirit and grit, from sunup to sundown, make America tick. . .

"Fill in the blank: my wife, Carolina; your mother; our sisters and daughters. They are the foundation of our prosperity. They have been witness to the many struggles fought, the many ceilings breached. And although women have experienced great triumphs, there are still battles to be won.

"Explain why a woman makes 77 cents for every dollar a man makes for equal work. I just mentioned the record number of elected women leaders in Congress. But 98 total senators and Representatives out of 535 is still less than 20% of those we encharge with casting the most important votes for the nation.

"This Women's History Month, we have work to do! We must continue the progress! And we must say "thank you" to all the trailblazers… The mothers and daughters…. Sisters and spouses… The women who have led the way and will continue carrying America forward on their shoulders.

"Thank you!"

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