Rep. Roybal-Allard Celebrates Women's History Month
Today, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), the first Mexican-American woman elected to Congress, released the following video statement in honor of Women's History Month: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxw4YJTss0Y. The video can also be viewed on Twitter and Facebook.
Below is a copy of Congresswoman Roybal-Allard's statement:
“Hello, I’m Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard from California’s 40th Congressional District.
“March is Women’s History Month, a time we honor the extraordinary accomplishments by women throughout history, from gaining the right to vote, to achieving prominent positions in business and government. Brave trailblazers like Dolores Huerta, Shirley Chisholm, and Edith Windsor are examples of women who refused to take “no” for an answer, and broke barriers for the women who would come after them.
“In our own 40th Congressional District, it is with great pride that I salute women who are helping to strengthen our communities. Women like Elizabeth Jinzo. Elizabeth wanted to make sure her disabled daughter had access to the same education and support as any other child. So Elizabeth took action. She founded Designated Exceptional Services for Independence, or D.E.S.I., a nonprofit organization in East Los Angeles that empowers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Elizabeth, and women all across America, have worked in ways big and small to make our nation a better place.
“This past year, the #MeToo movement has shed an important light on the harassment, abuse, and assault that women continue to confront throughout our society. Whether a woman is a homemaker, a service worker, or an executive, she deserves to feel safe.
“But our work is not done. We still have so much to do to end the injustices and inequities women face every day. Women should not be paid less than men for doing the same job. Women should not be discouraged from pursuing a career because it is considered a male-dominated field. And women should be able to make their own health care decisions with guidance from their doctors, not politicians.
“Women’s history is American history. And women have brought us to where we are today through perseverance, courage, and solidarity. When future generations look back at the inspiring generations of female leaders who preceded them, they will gain confidence in their own ability to achieve great things.
“I hope you will join me in celebrating this Women’s History Month, and the many contributions that women have made to our great country. As your congresswoman, I will continue to defend the rights of women, fight for progress, and make sure every voice is heard.