Pelosi Statement on Women’s Equality Day

August 26, 2021
Press Release

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement marking Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the 101st anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment:

“More than a century ago, after generations of marching and fighting, courageous suffragists finally won full and equal citizenship and representation in our democracy with the adoption of the 19th Amendment.  On this day, Americans take time to honor these heroes, whose tireless struggle moved our nation closer toward our founding promise of full equality for all.  We also remember the many heroic women of color, too often unsung, who carried on the fight for decades more to overcome discrimination and injustice to win fair access to the ballot for every community.

“Despite historic progress, women across the nation still face many barriers to full equality: from shameful pay disparities to the unfair economic impacts of the pandemic to the brazen assault on the right to vote.  At this pivotal moment, Democrats are committed to Building Back Better with Women, unleashing their full economic potential with the Biden Child Tax Credit, affordable child care, free universal pre-K, home health care, paid leave and more.  As we prepare to pass the historic Build Back Better Act, we continue our work to enact the House-passed Paycheck Fairness Act, to ensure equal pay for equal work, as well as the For The People Act and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, to secure the sacred right to vote for which the suffragists valiantly fought.

“At a White House ceremony celebrating the adoption of the 19th Amendment, legendary suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt said: ‘The vote is the emblem of your equality, women of America, the guarantee of your liberty. … Understand what it means and what it can do for your country.’  Indeed, when women fill out a ballot, start new businesses, run for office and lead in our communities, our nation sees progress for working families and for the children.  Today, and every day, let us summon the suffragists’ spirit of hope and strive to lift up the voices of women across the nation – because we know this truth: when women succeed, America succeeds.”