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B.P. Brewer statement on International Women’s Day

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement on the observance of International Women’s Day:

“The first February Women’s Day observance was in 1909, right here in New York, in recognition of the 1908 International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union strike. More than a century later, the struggle for recognition and equal rights for women in the workplace and society as a whole continues, and is entering a critical phase.

“With a White House and Congress intent on turning back the clock on everyone’s rights at work and women’s rights everywhere, we must utterly reject the notion that these fights are in any way behind us.

“The promise of America is that if everyone has a fair shot, we can succeed and pursue our dreams together. But women, people of color, immigrants, LGBT people, Muslim communities, and Jewish communities in this country are all facing a mix of outright threats and unfair obstacles today, both old and new.

“I will be wearing red today in solidarity with all women demanding equality, and I will continue to do whatever I can, whenever I can, to fight for fairness and equality for women and for every other person and group that needs and deserves it.

“It’s been my privilege to be part of successful fights like the struggle to pass New York City’s paid sick leave and caregiver discrimination laws, but these are milestones along a much longer road. Today is a reminder that there is so much more work for us to do.”

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