SANTA FE ― U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement celebrating Women’s History Month.
“This month, we take the opportunity to celebrate the innumerable achievements and contributions women have made in the United States and around the world. We reflect on the sacrifice and courage of those who persevered to break down barriers and open the doors of opportunity for every generation who came after them.
“Suffragettes like Susan B. Anthony and Lucretia Mott fought tirelessly for the right to vote. Trailblazers from Sally Ride to Sandra Day O’Connor have helped break down barriers and forge transformational change that has made our country better reflect the ideals it was founded on. In New Mexico, women have left a lasting mark on our culture, such as Esther Martinez, who worked to preserve Native language, and Georgia O’Keefe, whose artistic talent captured the beauty of the Land of Enchantment. The extraordinary contributions of women in science, business, civic engagement, and every other field have had a tremendous impact in all aspects of our country and our culture.
“While we celebrate the progress that has been made for America’s women, we cannot ignore the challenges that remain. American women, on average, only earn 79 cents for every dollar men make and women of color earn even less, while too many women lack paid sick days or paid maternity leave. We must work diligently to address these inequities and these challenges that not only impact, women effect but their families as well.”