Statement on Women's Equality Day

August 26, 2003

Today we celebrate the brave pioneers of the women's suffrage movement with Women's Equality Day. The passage of the 19th amendment in 1920 marked a major victory in creating an America where all people are treated equally. Their peaceful, decades-long battle to secure their civil rights is a lesson for all of us about how a small, dedicated group of individuals can change the world for the better. We must take up their fight today as the Bush administration seeks to divide us along gender lines once again with its attacks on Title IX and a women's right to choose. We must remember the lesson of those pioneers who united together for a common cause: we can take our country back.

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