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    Senate Passes Feinstein, Collins Resolution Marking Women’s History Month

    Last night, the Senate passed a resolution introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) recognizing March as Women’s History Month.

    “Women’s history month is a chance to celebrate the remarkable achievements made by women throughout our nation’s history,” said Senator Feinstein. “But it’s also an opportunity to inspire the next generation of women leaders to step forward. As we continue to shatter glass ceilings, I’m extremely proud of our progress and hopeful for the future as we march toward full equality.”

    “Women’s History Month is an opportunity to recognize the invaluable contributions American women have made to our country in every field, such as government, business, medicine, law, literature, sports, entertainment, the arts and the military,” said Senator Collins. “This resolution honors their significant accomplishments and serves as a reminder to current and future generations that they can achieve anything they set their minds to.”

    In addition to Feinstein and Collins, the resolution is also cosponsored by Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Angus King (I-Maine), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), John Fetterman (D-Penn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

    Full text of the resolution follows:

    Designating March 2023 as “National Women’s History Month’’

    Whereas National Women’s History Month recognizes and spreads awareness of the importance of women in the history of the United States;

    Whereas, throughout the history of the United States, whether in the home, in the workplace, in schools, in the courts, or during wartime, women have fought for themselves, their families, and all people of the United States;

    Whereas, even from the early days of the history of the United States, Abigail Adams urged her husband to “Remember the Ladies” when representatives met for the Continental Congress in 1776;

    Whereas women were particularly important in the establishment of early charitable, philanthropic, and cultural institutions in the United States;

    Whereas women led the efforts to secure suffrage and equal opportunities for women, and also served in the abolitionist movement, the emancipation movement, labor movements, civil rights movements, and other causes to create a more fair and just society for all;

    Whereas suffragists wrote, marched, were arrested, and ultimately succeeded in achieving—

    the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which provides, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex”; and

    the enactment of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. 10301 et seq.), which extended the protection of the right to vote to women of color and language minorities;

    Whereas women have been and continue to be leaders in the forefront of social change efforts, business, science, government, math, art, literature, music, film, athletics, and other fields;

    Whereas women now represent approximately half of the workforce of the United States;

    Whereas women once were routinely barred from attending medical schools in the United States, but now are enrolling in medical schools in the United States at higher numbers than men;

    Whereas women previously were turned away from law school, but now represent approximately half of law students in the United States;

    Whereas, since the American Revolution, women have been vital to the mission of the Armed Forces, with more than 200,000 women serving on active duty and 2,000,000 women veterans representing every branch of service;

    Whereas more than 10,000,000 women own businesses in the United States;

    Whereas Jeannette Rankin of Montana was the first woman elected to the House of Representatives in 1916 and Hattie Wyatt Caraway of Arkansas was the first woman elected to the United States Senate in 1932;

    Whereas Margaret Chase Smith of Maine was the first woman to serve in both Houses of Congress;

    Whereas, in 2023, a record total of 154 women are serving in Congress, including 129 women in the House of Representatives and 25 women in the Senate;

    Whereas President Jimmy Carter recognized March 2 through March 8, 1980, as “National Women’s History Week”;

    Whereas, in 1987, a bipartisan group of Senators introduced the first joint resolution to pass Congress designating “Women’s History Month”;

    Whereas, in 1987, President Ronald Reagan issued a Presidential proclamation proclaiming March 1987 as “Women’s History Month”;

    Whereas, in 2020, Congress passed the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum Act (20 U.S.C. 80t et seq.) to establish a national women’s history museum on or near the National Mall in Washington, DC; and

    Whereas, despite the advancements of women in the United States, much remains to be done to ensure that women realize their full potential as equal members of society in the United States: Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved, That the Senate—

    designates March 2023 as “National Women’s History Month”;

    recognizes the celebration of National Women’s History Month as a time to reflect on the many notable contributions that women have made to the United States; and

    urges the people of the United States to observe National Women’s History Month with appropriate programs and activities.

    Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
    Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/
    As California's senior Senator, Dianne Feinstein has built a reputation as an independent voice, working with both Democrats and Republicans to find common-sense solutions to the problems facing California and the Nation.


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