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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Louise Line: Celebrating Women's History Month

March 7, 2017
Louise Line
March 7, 2017

In March, we celebrate Women’s History Month and remember the women who came before us who organized and advanced the pursuit of equality. As Rochesterians, we honor this history in a special way given the unique role Western New York has played in shaping the women’s suffrage movement.

I have been, and will always be, a tireless advocate for women. I’ve fought for equal pay for equal work and brought the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to the floor of the House of Representatives as the first female Chair of the Rules Committee in 2009. I’ve also worked to end gender bias in federal research projects in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – or STEM — fields. Importantly, I’ve also worked to defend women’s constitutional right to choose, an issue that I believe the Majority and the current administration have targeted in recent months. Now more than ever, Congress must come together and ensure that women’s rights are protected.

As the mother of three daughters and seven grandchildren, I know how critical it is that we keep pushing to create a more equitable world for the generations that will follow us.  We’ve made major strides toward breaking down barriers that all too often limit women’s full potential. This month, let us recall our foremothers and remember those trailblazing women who made this progress possible.