Congressman Brendan Boyle Celebrates Women’s Equality Day
Washington, DC– Today, Congressman Brendan Boyle (D-PA-13) is marking Women’s Equality Day by celebrating the fact that, 95 years ago, a group of dedicated women and men made history when the 19th Amendment was adopted, ensuring America’s women the right to vote. Across the 72 years between the first major women’s rights conference at Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, and the adoption of the 19th Amendment, America’s suffragettes and their supporters marched and petitioned, risked imprisonment, and showed enormous courage and vision.
“As the father of a beautiful one year old daughter, I take great pride in honoring Women’s Equality Day,” said Congressman Boyle. “This important date reminds us of the progress our nation has made toward living up to America’s ideals. We acknowledge the enormous progress that has been achieved for women over the last 95 years – as women now constitute nearly half of the workforce and hold leadership positions in both government and private industry. And yet, we must also use this occasion to rededicate ourselves to ensuing that the fight for women’s equal access and opportunity continues.”
Congressman Boyle is committed to rectifying the many outdated policies existing today that diminish women’s economic opportunities. For example, women on average are still paid only 78 cents for every dollar paid to men --- an unacceptable wage gap that hurts women and their families nationwide.
This disparity is made worse by a failure of many employers to provide family-friendly workplace policies. Women today bear the brunt of the burdens caused by a lack of paid sick days and of paid family leave in this country. As primary caregivers and co-breadwinners, now more than ever in our history, when women can’t take time off to recover from pregnancy or illness, or to care for a sick child, they have to make impossible choices between their families’ health and a paycheck.
“There is no better way to increase economic growth and reignite the American dream than expanding economic opportunity and security for women and their families – by taking such steps as ensuring equal pay for equal work, providing paid sick days, encouraging paid family leave, and expanding affordable child care, ” Congressman Boyle pointed out.
“On this Woman’s Equality Day, let us rededicate ourselves to unleashing the potential of women, knowing that in America, when women succeed, America succeeds,” concluded Congressman Boyle.