Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement marking Women’s History Month:
“Women’s History Month was first designated by Congress in 1987 to recognize the numerous struggles, contributions, and triumphs of women throughout the history of our nation. This past November, we ushered in one of the most diverse Democratic Caucuses, notably including a record number of women legislators in recent history.
“We must acknowledge that many challenges for gender parity still remain, including paycheck fairness, paid family and medical leave, affordable access to high quality childcare, healthcare equality, and better retirement security. Republican attacks on women’s healthcare persist to this day in their actions to cut off access to reproductive rights, criminalize abortion, and undermine the Affordable Care Act, which protects 67 million women and girls with pre-existing conditions. The U.S. is also facing an epidemic of preventable maternal deaths, which disproportionately affect women of color. It has been over half a century since the Equal Pay Act was enacted. And yet, women still earn only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, and for women of color, the amount is even less.
“I remain committed to proudly supporting legislation critical to eliminating gender-based discrimination and expanding gender equality, including the Paycheck Fairness Act, which seeks to ensure equal pay for equal work. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, let us recommit ourselves to all causes that protect and strengthen women's rights.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.