House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement in celebration of International Women’s Day.
“Today and every day, as women reach new heights in every field, we celebrate the brilliance, ingenuity, and independent spirit of women trailblazers all around the world. When I look at my two daughters, I hope they remember the strength, determination, and struggles of the women who paved the way before them, and I hope their generation inspires others to strive for better and to make a positive difference.
“In my lifetime, I have been fortunate to have the leadership of Jeannette Hayner, the courage of Jennifer Dunn, the faith of Elisabeth Elliot, and the indomitable spirit of Margaret Thatcher to guide and motivate me. They are just a handful of leaders throughout history who helped give voice to a voiceless gender and inspired generations of stronger, more empowered women. Now it’s our turn.
“Sadly, despite the valuable leadership qualities women bring to the table, many women around the world are denied fundamental rights, such as the right to vote, the right to an education, the right to own property, and, in many cases, the right to life. So on this International Women’s Day, as we rejoice in the strides we’ve made in growing equality of opportunity, let us pledge to remain vigilant advocates for our neighbors, so we can create an inspiring legacy for future generations of women around the world.”