Press Release
For Immediate Release: 
March 1, 2020
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in recognition of Women's History Month:

“I join in celebrating Women’s History Month throughout March.  This year, we observe the centennial of the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment, which enshrined in our Constitution the right of women to vote.  As we celebrate the triumph of the movement for women’s suffrage, let us also honor those who continued the fight for voting rights and worked to ensure that every citizen could participate in our elections.  As we do so, let us also be cognizant that voting rights are under threat again in our day, and the fight to protect the hard-won right to vote continues on our watch. 
 
“I am proud to serve as Majority Leader for a Democratic Caucus that has more women and is more diverse than at any time in our history – and to work closely with the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House to lead Democrats in advancing our agenda of equality, justice, and opportunity. The Democratic-led House in the 116thCongress has passed major legislation aimed at securing full equality for women in our country.  Earlier this month, I brought to the House Floor legislation to remove the arbitrary deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment, moving us one step closer to enshrining women’s equality in our Constitution. House Democrats have also passed the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure equal pay for equal work, and we reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act to combat domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault.  We are also committed to protecting women’s access to affordable, quality health coverage, including protections in the Affordable Care Act that prohibit insurance companies from charging women more than men for the same coverage, and to defending women’s health care choices against relentless attacks by Republican legislatures across the country that seek to undermine Roe v. Wade
 
“As we celebrate women’s history this month, let us continue to draw inspiration from those who carried the torch of progress forward and, by their light, march onward as a nation committed to equality, equal opportunity, and the full inclusion of every voice in our democracy.”