Friday, August 26, 2011

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Statement Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

By DNC Press

Today is Women’s Equality Day, the anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which gave women the right to vote. In recognition of that occasion, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement:

“Today is Women's Equality Day, commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote. This was an historic achievement and a significant step forward for women, and it was something so many women and men fought to achieve for many years.  It was not, however, the final struggle for women’s equality. Even now, women continue to strive to break barriers and look toward a brighter future, just as our mothers and sisters who paved the way before us did. All of us must continue to work to make sure women and all Americans have the opportunities they need to succeed.

“Just as these efforts to give women the franchise were so important, we are seeing efforts to limit the right to vote. Recent laws in states around the country on early vote and voter registration are regressive and make it harder for far too many people to participate in the process. We cannot let this happen. The right to vote is core to our democracy and one that Americans have died fighting for. It’s something we must fight to protect. On this important anniversary, we must rededicate ourselves today and every day to protecting the right to vote.”

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