Pelosi Statement on Women’s Equality Day

August 26, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement marking Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment:

“One hundred years ago, the work of generations of American women was realized when the 19th Amendment was finally adopted and enshrined in our Constitution.  Today, we honor the legacy of the trailblazing suffragists, including countless unsung women of color whose struggle for suffrage continued for decades, who fought to take their rightful place as full and equal citizens in our democracy, and in the process, moved our nation forward.

“Today, we stand on the shoulders of the suffragists, charged with carrying on the unfinished work advanced by heroes from Seneca Falls to Selma to Stonewall.  Yet, much more remains to be done to bring our nation closer to its Founding promise of equality.  We must be relentless in our efforts to defeat the Republicans’ outrageous voter suppression campaign until every American woman, and every American, is able to freely exercise their right to vote.

“On this momentous anniversary, the House of Representatives is blessed by the outstanding leadership of 105 women, including 90 House Democrats.  We must redouble our commitment to lifting up the voices of America’s women and ensure that more women take their seats at the head of the decision-making table – because we know this truth: when women succeed, America succeeds.”