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The fight for gender equality

Today we celebrate International Women's Day.

In 1908, 15,000 women in New York City inspired the first International Women's Day when they marched to demand shorter working hours, better pay, and the right to vote. The United Nations officially recognized the holiday in 1975.

This day has become a time to reflect on the extraordinary accomplishments of women throughout history and to renew our efforts in the fight for gender equality.

We've made tremendous progress here in Oregon. For the first time, we have four women in our Congressional delegation, including my two Democratic colleagues Andrea Salinas and Val Hoyle. Andrea also made history as the first Latina to represent Oregon in Congress, and Governor Tina Kotek is one of two openly lesbian governors.

But there is more work to be done. We must renew our efforts in the fight for gender equality.

Women continue to face violence and discrimination. Reproductive rights have been ripped away from millions, and the rights that remain are under constant threat. Teenage girls are reporting higher rates of suicide and depression. We must also acknowledge that women and girls of color are hurt more by these inequities.

International Women's Day was inspired by a protest. It started with women recognizing that they deserved more, so they stood up and marched to fight.

Today and always, I am committed to advancing equality for women. Will you join me?

With appreciation,


Posted on March 8, 2023.

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