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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida

Lawson Statement on International Women's Day and A Day Without A Woman

March 8, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) made the following statement in recognition of International Women's Day and A Day Without A Woman:

"Today in honor of International Women’s Day we take time to pay tribute to the incredible contributions women have made to our global communities.

Throughout our collective lifetimes, we have seen women win the right to vote, get elected to public office from the city council to the United States Senate, and achieved remarkable feats in every aspect of our society – from finding cures for cancer, to writing the great American novel, to defending civil rights, to coaching talented college basketball teams.

This year is a bit different from years past though. We have been moved to greater action to show the power women have in our workplaces, the marketplace, and in homes around the world. Today I wear red in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman, in recognition of the enormous value that women add to our economy and our society. Yet women receive lower wages, experience greater inequities, discrimination, and job insecurity. I believe in the human rights of women and we must join together to be bold for change at this time when we need it most.”