FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2015
Edwards Commemorates Women’s Equality Day
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-4) today issued the following statement to commemorate Women’s Equality Day. On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted, ensuring America’s women have the right to vote.
“Today we recognize Women’s Equality Day, and celebrate the 95th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution,” Edwards said. “We acknowledge the enormous progress women have achieved over the last 95 years – with women now constituting nearly half of the workforce and serving in senior positions in both government and private industry. As the first African American woman elected to Congress from the state of Maryland, I am grateful to the previous generations of women leaders for their dedication and trailblazing.”
“We must also use this occasion to rededicate ourselves to ensuring that the fight for women’s equal access and opportunity continues. Women account for only 20 percent of the Congress and no woman has ever been elected President. We have much work to do. I was proud to help launch the Women’s Economic Agenda two years ago. This effort began a national conversation to increase economic growth for working families and the nation by expanding economic opportunity and security for women and their families. We can do this by ensuring equal pay for equal work, providing paid sick days and family leave, expanding affordable child care, and expanding and protecting Social Security and Medicare. We know that when women succeed, America succeeds.”
Earlier this year, Rep. Edwards reintroduced the Child Care Access and Refundability Expansion Act (Child CARE Act), H.R. 1492, which expands the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) to help families with the ever-increasing cost of child and dependent care.