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Women's Equality Day

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We have made significant progress in the past 91 years but women continue to suffer discrimination in employment, education, social security, health care, insurance, pensions, and in the criminal justice system. This is unlikely to change with women under-represented at all levels of government. Only 6 of our 50 states have a female governor. Only 17% of the seats in Congress and only 23% of state legislatures are women. The United States ranks 87th in the world for the number of women in our national legislature.

Women make up 50% of our population and must have equal power and leadership. We must elect not only more women, we must elect the right women, women who will continue the fight for equality and equality, not those who block progress.

We must honor the legacy of Jane Addams, Abigail Adams, Lucy Burns, Alice Paul, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ida B. Wells, Frances E.W. Harper, Sojourner Truth, Margaret Fuller, Lucy Stone, Lucretia Mott, and Susan B. Anthony by supporting a new generation of women's leadership.

We must encourage more women to exercise their right to vote and encourage more women to seek office to ensure that all Americans have equal access to the freedoms and opportunities our Constitution promises.

"There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make
laws and elect lawmakers." Susan B. Anthony

"Men their rights and nothing more; women their rights and nothing less."
Susan B. Anthony

"Because man and woman are the complement of one another, we need woman's
thought in national affairs to make a safe and stable government." Elizabeth
Cady Stanton


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