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Beyer Commemorates Women’s Equality Day

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Washington, August 26, 2016 | Thomas Scanlon (202 225 4376) | comments

Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement in honor of Women’s Equality Day:

“We celebrate Women’s Equality Day each year on this day to commemorate the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which finally gave American women the right to vote 96 years ago. This historic milestone came after a decades-long struggle for equal access to the ballot box by the women’s suffrage movement.  

“Today, as we honor their struggle, let us not forget nor ignore our commitment to gender equality.  The 19th Amendment, the Equal Pay Act, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and Title IX are all critical steps on the march to progress.  We must continue marching, to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, the FAMILY Act, secure paid family leave, and to end the scourge of sexual assault on our college campuses.

“Let’s leave our grandchildren even more historic milestones to celebrate in another 96 years.”

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