Washington, D.C. — Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement today in recognition of Women’s History Month:
“A hundred years ago the women of this country banded together and demanded equal treatment before the law. Marching down Pennsylvania Avenue the day before Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration, these women began to steer the country towards greater equality. Their example has not been forgotten.
“From Sojourner Truth and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to the record number of women in the 113th Congress, we celebrate the progress women have made over the past century. This month we remember the many important triumphs woman have had in their ongoing struggle for equality and recognition. We also remember that women are paid 77 cents for every dollar paid to a man in the same position, and that women are falling into poverty at a higher rate than men.
“This is a time for action rather than words. The sequester makes drastic cuts to health care and childcare programs that help women provide for their families.
“As Congress considers how to deal with budget issues, we must remember that across-the-board cuts to nutrition assistance, cancer screenings, and student loans will only stall the progress of our mothers, sisters and daughters.”