By Nancy Pelosi
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, marks today's 90th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote by detailing several of the gains made and sketching out the distance yet to go.
We continue to fight for fairness and equality for America's working women, which is even more critical now as many families find themselves relying solely on the mother's paycheck. The Lilly Ledbetter law, the first bill President Obama signed when he took office, gives women the tools to fight pay discrimination in the workplace.
But we still have not achieved equal pay. Women earn 77 cents to every dollar earned by a man. The House passed Rep. Rosa DeLauro's, D-Conn., Paycheck Fairness Act to right this injustice and we must urge the Senate to do the same.
Social Security which matters most to women, will always be protected. We will fight against continued efforts to privatize this bedrock promise to America's seniors.
It has long been clear that the missing link for women at all income levels to succeed in their jobs is the availability of quality, affordable child care. We must guarantee an economy and a society that supports the motto: "families earning, children learning."
We stand on the shoulders of those who have come before us. Let us remember the fierce determination of the women who won for us the right to vote, the right to engage in the political process. Let us honor their sacrifice by engaging in the political process and embracing your right to vote.
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Nancy Pelosi is the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. For more information, please visit www.speaker.gov.
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