Schakowsky Statement on International Women's Day

March 8, 2017
Press Release

“For over 100 years, International Women's Day has been a time to stand up for women's rights, to acknowledge past accomplishments, and to confront the challenges ahead for American women and our sisters around the globe.

“This year in particular, women face barriers to achieving the equality and respect we deserve. In the White House, we have a President who brags about his sexual harassment, a Republican majority in Congress that is working to defund Planned Parenthood and limit reproductive rights, and an Executive Order that prevents the United States from funding family planning centers around the world. American women still earn far less than men 50 years after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act. Women, especially women 50 and older, have benefitted greatly from many provisions of the Affordable Care Act. They would be devastated by its repeal. 

“The road ahead is difficult, but we stand on the shoulders of courageous women who refused to give up, who made great positive changes like the right of women to vote. In their honor we must and will persist.”