Women of 1913. Courtesy photo
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement in recognition of Women’s History Month, which is celebrated during March.
“Owing its roots to a protest by female factory workers over working conditions more than a century ago, Women’s History Month is an opportunity to reflect on the extraordinary contributions that women make in all facets of life. It is also a time consider the progress that women have made across history and examine the steps we can take to ensure that all women have the opportunity to succeed.
“Yesterday, we celebrated an important step forward that will benefit millions of women across the country with Congress passing a comprehensive reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act that includes provisions to build on the success of this landmark legislation that for two decades has helped victims of violence and abuse.
“However, we still have much work ahead of us. On average, women still make only 77 cents for every dollar made by a man, while more than 64 percent of those making minimum wage are women. In addition, millions of women are at risk of being negatively impacted by the dramatic budget cuts that are going into effect and will reduce critical investments in small business, health care, medical research, education, and child care assistance.
“Throughout Women’s History Month, we should recommit to fighting to protect the gains women have made and support efforts to improve the lives of women – grandmothers, mothers, sisters, and daughters – all across America. Because the issues facing women today – from affordable health care to equal pay – are not simply women’s issues, but issues that impact their families and our nation as well.”