BROOKLYN, NY – U.S.
Representative Yvette D. Clarke had the following remarks in regards to Women’s History Month.
“I encourage everyone in Brooklyn to remember the contributions of women to the development of our nation,” said Representative Clarke. “From Abigail Adams, whose works informed the drafting of our Constitution, to Rosa Parks, whose courage has inspired generations of civil rights activists, women have been leaders in the fight for equality.”
“Our work must continue. Women are still underrepresented in elected office and in the executive suites of our corporation, while wage discrimination persists,” continued Representative Clarke.
After a long wait, the House of Representatives finally voted on February 28th to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. With Representative Clarke in the majority, this pivotal act authorizes the prevention of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assaults and stalking by the federal government, states, law enforcement, and service providers. The traditionally uncontested bill was held up by Republicans due to new protections provided to members of the LGBT community, immigrant women, and Native American women.
“The security of our wives, sisters, daughters, and friends depends on the Violence Against Women Act, which was finally reauthorized after Republican leaders in Congress allowed the law to expire,” said Representative Clarke. “I commend my colleagues in Congress who worked to extend the protections of this law to every woman in America.”
Women’s History Month started as a national celebration in 1981 as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”