Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat released the following statement to mark Women’s Equality Day and recognize the 98th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, when women gained the right to vote.
“When women won the right to vote, it marked a giant step forward in our democracy and honored our most fundamental values that help strengthen the fabric of our nation,” said Rep. Espaillat. “As we recognize Women’s Equality Day and the 98th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which enshrined women’s right to vote, we reflect on the progress our nation has made and renew our commitment to finish the job to eliminate the barriers that women continue to face when participating in the American economy – due to the lack of policies such as access to affordable child care and paid family leave. Women on average still earn only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men. Latinas and African American women still earn far less and are paid only 54 cents and 63 cents, respectively, when compared to white men.
“I am proud to support the economic agenda put forth by my Democratic colleagues, ‘A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future,’ and vow to continue my work to ensure policies that will expand economic opportunities for women with key proposals such as paid family leave, equal pay for equal work, ensuring a living wage, expanding access to affordable child care, and strengthening support for women-owned businesses. By working together, we will strengthen our economy and expand economic opportunities for all women and their families today and in the future.”
To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at https://espaillat.house.gov/.