Today, in recognition of International Women’s Day, New York State Assembly Member and DNC Vice Chair Michael Blake released the following statement:
In recognition of International Women's Day, we salute women as the bedrock of our society. We celebrate their contributions to our world and the many ways they make our lives better every day.
We have made great strides for Women’s Rights: there are more women working, graduating from universities, elected to office, and running corporations than ever before. And yet, too many women, especially single mothers, are still struggling to achieve economic security while making 77 cents for every dollar made by a man.
Misogyny, in all its ugly forms, is still an acceptable norm in our society. Attacks on women's rights are on the rise, both in person and on the internet, as well as sexual harassment and assault on our campuses and in our workplaces. Women are also on the frontline of discrimination and violence in countries affected by war, climate change, and extreme poverty. Such conditions give rise to higher rates of trafficking of female victims.
Despite these challenges, women are routinely the first ones to face these problems head on, are pillars of strength in times of adversity and present solutions to the most difficult issues of our time. We salute women like Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, and Linda Sarsour; who lead a movement during the Women’s March on Washington and today have shown us the power of women through a call to action known as “A Day Without a Woman.”
We must not and we will not stop fighting for gender equality, to keep women and girls safe, and to empower them to reach their full potential. We must continue to recognize that women’s rights are human rights. And we must protect and expand these rights because women and men are created equal.