Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day, where we take time to celebrate the contributions of women throughout history and around the world, and to renew our commitment to promoting gender equality and freedom.
Countries all over the world – from Belarus to Burkina Faso, from Uzbekistan to Vietnam – celebrate International Women’s Day as an official holiday, and it is a time to reflect on how far we’ve come to advance progress for women and to take on the new challenges we still face in achieving gender equality around the globe.
For more than three decades in Congress, I’ve fought for gender equality on issues affecting women’s rights, health and economic status. I’m running for the Senate to continue championing these issues and shut down the efforts of extremists who try to restrict women’s rights and health care choices.
I have fought for a woman’s right to make health care decisions that affect her body and her health. That includes reproductive health services like contraception and abortion. I am proud to be pro-choice, and I am proud that NARAL has endorsed me for Senate.
I strongly backed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act to address discrimination and make pay more equal. It is wrong that women are paid 77 cents for every dollar that men make, and I want to go to the Senate to make sure we work to tear down the discriminatory practices that prevent women from maximizing their passions and abilities.
Before President Obama’s historic health care legislation, insurance companies charged women more than men for the same health plan. The Affordable Care Act eliminates that discriminatory practice. I was proud to support the President’s and vote for this historic legislation, which also expands access to women’s preventive health care, such as contraception and cancer screenings.
I hope you’ll join me today in celebrating International Women’s Day by taking the time to honor the women in our lives. Let’s recommit ourselves to the promotion of women’s rights, so that together we can forward the cause of women’s rights at home and around the world.