The first woman in U.S. history to serve as speaker of the House observed International Women’s Day by citing the recent passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), while acknowledging that “extraordinary challenges remain.”
Sunday marks International Women’s Day.
“International Women’s Day is another opportunity to celebrate the distance we’ve traveled toward equality and recommit ourselves to keep moving forward on the path to justice in our country and around the world,” says Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who served as House speaker from 2007 through 2011, when the GOP recaptured House control.
“Even as we look back on a history of progress, it is our responsibility to build a future of security and success for all women. It is our duty to empower women in their communities; to ensure that no woman is forced to fear for her own safety in her own home; to extend the promise of equal rights, equal pay, and equal opportunity to every woman. It is our obligation to help our mothers and daughters reach their full potential, get an education, join the workforce, access quality health care, choose their leaders, and lead their nations,” Pelosi says.
“Extraordinary challenges remain. Too often, women find themselves the victims of discrimination and abuse, and, in the spirit of this year’s theme, I am proud that Congress finally acted to strengthen and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, including firm steps to combat human trafficking. But more must be done – because when women prosper, families thrive; when women succeed, communities flourish; when women lead, countries grow stronger,” she adds.
Congress recently approved the VAWA reauthorization which continues U.S. law originally approved in the 1990s aimed at assisting victims of domestic violence and other crime.
“On this International Women’s Day and every day, let’s work together, across parties and across borders, to advance the cause of equality, push forward the drive for justice, and secure the rights of women worldwide,” Pelosi says.