REP. AMI BERA'S STATEMENT ON WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY
“Today is the 97th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. Women’s Equality Day celebrates the courage, fortitude, and conviction of the brave women and men who fought for equality in the early 1900s. Nearly one hundred years later, America has accomplished so much for women’s equality, but there is still work to do.
Women today face many obstacles in the workplace, whether it be receiving unequal pay for equal work or being denied paid family leave. When women are passed over for promotions or denied higher salaries, that has a real impact on millions of American families. As a doctor, I’ve also seen firsthand the assault on women’s health and reproductive rights. Equality and empowerment should mean the right to control your own body and make your own health care decisions.
This Women’s Equality Day honors the struggles and sacrifices of those American heroes who fought for the right to vote. We should celebrate their success by continuing our own struggle for gender equality – and we will not stop the fight until every woman and girl has an equal opportunity to reach her highest potential and realize her dreams.”