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Rep. Frankel Statement on International Women’s Day and Day Without A Woman

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Washington, March 8, 2017 | comments

Today Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21), the Chair of the Democratic Women’s Working Group, released the following statement:

“On International Women's Day, I join millions of women in recognizing the important economic power of women in the United States and around the globe. Where possible, we stay away from normal duties and mainstream commerce to call attention to the inequities that women and gender nonconforming people continue to face. We wear red to signify love for our sisterhood and intense energy to pursue measures that will advance the lives of women and their families. This includes, but is certainly not limited to advancing equal pay, paid family leave, quality affordable childcare, access to full health care, and freedom from violence.

In Congress, Democrats will resist efforts to take us back from hard earned gains. That means standing strong against Republican unrelenting attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, defund Planned Parenthood, and block access to full reproductive care.

In the words of the Women's March, today we raise our voices to say that ‘women’s rights are human rights, regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability.’”

In solidarity with International Women’s Day, Rep. Frankel will wear red, participate in a walkout from the House floor to the Capitol steps, and will not support commerce other than women- and minority-owned businesses.

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