Statement on Receiving Woman of Impact Award
July 5, 2013

Washington, DC (July 5, 2013) – Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement after receiving the Woman of Impact award:

"I am honored and humbled to receive the Woman of Impact award from the National Organization for Women (NOW). NOW gives a voice to women all over the country and empowers us to fight for equal pay, economic justice and control over our own bodies. When women unite together, we make our voices heard, and we saw this when Congress reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act, expanding protections for women and their families who are victims of domestic violence.

"During my time in Congress, I've met women whose courage and tenacity have inspired me every day to continue fighting. Women have made progress, but there is work ahead of us – we must pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and we protect a woman's right to choose. This is our moment. We can't pass it up. I applaud the work NOW is doing to empower women and continuing to raise awareness of critical women's issues."