Pelosi Statement on 45th Anniversary of Title IX

Jun 23, 2017
Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement marking the 45th anniversary of Title IX:

“Forty-five years ago, Title IX knocked down barriers to women’s participation and assured a woman’s place in the classroom, on the playing field and in the halls of power.  Today, we honor the champions for women’s rights – from Sojourner Truth to Eleanor Roosevelt to Susan B. Anthony to Patsy Mink – who fought tirelessly to throw open the doors to the dreams of every woman and girl in America. 

“Nothing is more wholesome to our nation’s democracy than the increased participation and leadership of America’s women in public life and in our economy.  Yet, nearly a half-century after passage of Title IX, girls and women across the country still face inequity and discrimination.  Women in the U.S. working full-time, year-round on average earn only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men.  Disturbingly, Republicans in Congress are trying to reverse women’s progress at achieving equality by systematically dismantling access to healthcare through their heartless Trumpcare bill.

“Patsy Mink, the champion of Title IX, said, ‘Women’s rights are about fundamental justice, not only about laws and court orders, but about the way women are treated and regarded in this country, at the workplace and in the marketplace and at all levels of economic and political life.’  In that spirit, let us redouble our efforts to wipe out sex discrimination, unleash the full potential of women and girls and ensure the fundamental justice of women’s rights.”  

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