Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today marking the 165th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention on women's rights in 1848:
“In Seneca Falls, New York, 165 years ago, a group of women and men came together to declare to our nation and the world that women would no longer be silenced by society, cut off from representation in government, or kept from participating fully in our economy. The Declaration of Sentiments that emerged from the pivotal 1848 Seneca Falls Convention helped give rise to the women’s rights movement, which achieved the ratification of the 19th Amendment providing for an equal right to vote. In addition, it paved the way for the modern movement for women’s equality, which has opened doors of opportunity for women across our society, with more women serving in the House of Representatives than ever before; more women having a seat at the table in corporate board rooms; and the military working to allow women to serve in combat roles.
“While we’ve made significant progress, there is clearly more work to be done to achieve full equality. Let us draw inspiration from Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Mary Ann M’Clintock, and other equal rights pioneers as we continue to pursue efforts to achieve equal pay for equal work, defend the right of women to make their own health care choices, and take steps to grow jobs that create opportunities for women in our economy.”