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Statement on Women’s Equality Day

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement in recognition of Women’s Equality Day, the anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution:

“Women’s Equality Day celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment while calling attention to women’s continuing struggle for equal pay and equal opportunity and the improved quality of life that comes from justice and fair treatment for all Americans.

“And the struggle is far from over. White women are paid 77 percent of what men earn—a discrepancy that hasn’t changed since 2002. But the more startling numbers are for Hispanic women, who earn 55 cents on the white male dollar, and African American women, who earn 64 cents on that dollar.

“Women constitute 47 percent of the paid U.S. workforce, and 41 percent of mothers are breadwinners for their families. But they also make up over 64 percent of America’s minimum-wage workers.

“The best way to change this lopsided playing field is to register women of all ages, income levels, races, and ethnicities to vote. Last year the Manhattan Borough President’s Office reached out to New York women to take the pledge to register five women voters for the November elections—and now we’re doing the same to get more women casting their ballots on November 3.

“As I’ve said many times, what are essentially ‘unwritten laws’ have stood between women and equality from time immemorial. It’s not easy to change these laws, but it’s also not impossible. Voting makes things possible.” Read more…

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