Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on Women's Equality Day:
“Ninety-three years ago today, after a long struggle for equal suffrage, women in America won the right to vote with the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Written by women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony, the Nineteenth Amendment enriched our democracy by ensuring women’s voices would be heard. Leaders in the suffrage movement, including Ms. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, Lucie Burns, and so many others marched, picketed, wrote letters, published articles, and went door to door in one of the greatest grassroots movements for equality in this country’s history. I join in celebrating this anniversary of their important achievement, which was truly a victory not only for women but for all who cherish the ideals of freedom and equality on which our nation was founded.
“While there is no longer any question that women ought to be full participants in our electoral democracy, I continue to be concerned by efforts to prevent seniors, students, and members of minority groups – men and women alike – from accessing the ballot through new, restrictive state laws. Nobody should have his or her right to vote suppressed, and this anniversary ought to be a reminder to all of the difficulties faced by those who fought so hard to expand voting rights in the past. Let us not just commemorate this anniversary but rededicate ourselves to ensuring that every eligible voter can cast a vote and have that vote counted accurately.
“As we mark this anniversary together, let us also continue to seek full equality for women – not only at the ballot box but in the workplace, in boardrooms, in access to affordable health care, in sports, in science, and in government. Much has been achieved, but much work remains. It will be up to us to move this country forward to achieve the full equality that must continue to be our goal.”