Monday, March 05, 2007

DNC Celebrates Women’s History Month

Washington, DC - Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean and DNC Vice Chairs Lottie Shackelford, Susan Turnbull, Linda Chavez Thompson, DNC Secretary Alice Germond and DNC Women’s Caucus Chair Mame Reiley issued the following statement celebrating Women’s History Month:

“March marks the start of Women’s History Month in which we celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of great women throughout our country’s history. This year Americans witnessed a historic milestone with the election of the first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives. In addition, we elected two new Democratic women to the Senate and eight new Democratic women to the House of Representatives adding to the strong Democratic majority. And for the first time ever a woman and a Democrat is leading the National Governor’s Association.

“This past election we also witnessed an increasing number of women candidates running for local and statewide offices, and the power of the women’s vote helped to take our country in a new direction under the helm of a Democratic Congress. Politics is not the only field women are excelling in. Today’s women are making strides in every field including medicine, law, finance, education, business ownership and the military. As Democrats we are committed to breaking down barriers and increasing opportunities for women to succeed.

“Women’s History Month also offers the chance to rededicate ourselves to the issues that are critical to women and their families. Democrats are committed to funding women’s health care initiatives which help advance science, research and treatment for medical conditions that specifically and disproportionately affect women. Democrats remain committed to enforcing equal employment opportunities and equal pay for working women who are often paid less than their male counterparts.

“This Women’s History Month, we look forward to the continued attention the Democratic Congress will bring to these important issues not just throughout March but also the rest of the year as we celebrate the tremendous women who have made this country so great.”

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