Press Release
For Immediate Release: 
August 26, 2022
Contact Info: 
Raymond Rodriguez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in recognition of Women's Equality Day:

"I join in celebrating Women's Equality Day and in commemorating the brave suffragists who secured women’s right to vote 102 years ago through their heroic actions and unyielding persistence. All ought to be celebrating their determination to secure the most fundamental right we have as Americans - the right to vote and have our voices heard in our democracy. That determination saw suffragists endure unthinkable cruelties like harassment, arrest, and even torture as they fought successfully to ensure that our Constitution included women as well as men.

“Sadly, we mark this anniversary at a time when Republicans are crusading to take women's rights and freedoms away. The Republican-appointed, extremist majority on the Supreme Court upended forty-nine years of precedent in its Dobbs v. Jackson ruling, which struck down women's constitutional right to determine what happens to their own bodies and make their own health care decisions against the wishes of an overwhelming majority of the American people.  
 
“Democrats will continue to stand up for every woman's most basic right to bodily autonomy, privacy, and reproductive freedom. I was proud to help lead House Democrats in passing Rep. Judy Chu’s Women’s Health Protection Act and Rep. Lizzie Fletcher’s Ensuring Women’s Right to Reproductive Freedom Act, which together would ensure that women everywhere in our country could access safe and legal abortions and ban states from preventing, impeding, or obstructing women from traveling across state lines for reproductive care. At the same time, the Biden-Harris Administration has taken proactive executive action to support women who travel out of state for reproductive health-care services, to protect patient privacy, and to ensure that health care providers abide by federal non-discrimination law. 
 
"As we enter this crucial chapter in the ongoing fight for women's equality, let us be grateful to those suffragists who secured the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. Thanks to their courage and sacrifices, women today have the right to vote, and that act of voting remains women’s greatest means of solidifying and expanding upon the progress made in the struggle for equality and freedom for the future.”