WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today commemorating Women's History Month, which is observed in March:
“This month is Women’s History Month: We honor the generations of women who fought for a full and equal share in our Nation’s life, from the voting booth to the workplace. Some of them were historic leaders; many more were the women who proved, with their daily dignity, that they could be the equal of any man. To the extent that America has put sexism behind it, that is their living legacy.
“But when our country turns a still-critical eye on itself, that is their legacy too—because they taught us to live up to the highest standards of justice. We fail to meet those standards whenever women are harassed on the job, whenever they are held back on account of their gender, whenever they are denied equal pay for equal work. I am proud, this month especially, that we have Congressional leaders and an Administration committed to fighting those injustices. And I’m grateful, as the father of three daughters, that the first bill President Obama signed was aimed at ending pay discrimination. It was a reminder that the best way to honor our equality pioneers is not with memory, but with action.”