WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer released the following statement today in recognition of the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote:
“Ninety years ago today, women were granted the most fundamental expression of equality in democracy—the right to vote. As we pause to honor this landmark day in our nation’s history, we must commemorate the efforts of a fearless group of women, who worked tirelessly to ensure that all women would have the same fundamental rights as men.
“However, despite the passage of ninety years, the fight for full equality is not over. Today, women still receive only 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. As we work to close that gap, Democrats passed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which will help ensure that women receive the same pay for equal work.
“On the day the 19th Amendment was finally ratified, I honor all of the contributions women have made to this great democracy. We must all use this day to recommit ourselves to finally fulfilling the goal of equality for women.”