U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
From the Office of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham:
ALBUQUERQUE – Today, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement for Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the 98th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment:
“Today, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day to commemorate 98 years since the 19th Amendment was ratified and women were guaranteed the right to vote. Now, as we approach a century since ratification, women who have achieved so much for our nation continue to fight for equality and a more prosperous future for families and the economy. It’s clear that when women are engaged civically, socially, and politically, New Mexico’s children, families, and communities benefit.
“I am grateful to the countless women, who won future generations the right to vote and committed to continuing the fight for pay equity, healthcare, childcare, and equal access to opportunity. I support legislation that would help close the pay gap between men and women, which disproportionately affects women of color, who make less than 64 cents for every dollar earned by a white man. I have fought for women to have the freedom to make their own health choices and for women and families to have the support they need to thrive.
“The representation of women in our democracy not only enriches our nation politically, it inspires women’s entrepreneurial spirit to create jobs and opportunities, and lift up their local economies. In New Mexico, women-owned businesses make up 39 percent of companies and account for just over five percent of the state’s business revenues – the seventh-highest in the country. New Mexico has been named one of the best states for women to open a business and as result, the top 50 women-owned businesses in New Mexico in 2016 had nearly $350 million in revenue and 876 full-time employees.
“On this Women’s Equality Day, let us recommit to the fight for equality and the future of our country.”