Press Release
For Immediate Release: 
March 8, 2021
Contact Info: 
Margaret Mulkerrin 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on International Women's Day:

"As we mark International Women's Day, we do so this year recognizing that women have borne the brunt of the economic hardship that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic - both in the United States and around the world.  With the burden of caring for children home from school and for loved-ones who are sick still disproportionately falling on women's shoulders, the past year has been a difficult one for so many women.  That's why the American Rescue Plan, which aims to help struggling families get by while directing resources toward safely reopening schools and businesses, is so essential.  

"Sadly, the stay-at-home measures necessary to control and stop the spread of the virus have led to a worsening of domestic abuse, which is why it is even more important that Congress also approve a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which I will be bringing to the House Floor next week.  In addition, I look forward to bringing to the Floor legislation to affirm that the Equal Rights Amendment, since its ratification by Virginia last year, has been duly added to our Constitution, banning discrimination on the basis of sex.  In the coming months, the House will also take up the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure that women earn equal pay for equal work.  All three of these passed the House last Congress but were ignored by the Senate's Republican Majority.  Now, with Democrats in control of the Senate, we have an opportunity to make real progress to benefit women's equality, safety, and access to economic opportunity.  

"The Executive Orders signed today by President Biden will help move us back toward supporting victims of domestic violence and abuse and protect students from sexual violence.  By establishing a White House Gender Policy Council, the President is making it clear that the Biden-Harris Administration is focused on rooting out these evils from our country and promoting greater equality.  I commend him for taking these actions and offer my strong support.  

"Celebrating International Women's Day offers us a chance to pay tribute to all those who have worked hard to advance women's equality throughout our history.  This year, let us do so while also recognizing the everyday heroes of women's equality working so hard in 2021: the front-line health care workers, teachers, law enforcement officers, military personnel, skilled workers, small business owners, and so many others who are helping keep us safe from COVID-19 and doing their part to get our economy through this crisis.  That includes the outstanding Democratic women with whom I am so proud to serve in the 117th Congress.  Together, we can and will build back better from this pandemic - and, in doing so, make our economy work better for women through equal opportunity, equal pay, and equal justice."