March 01, 2023


Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Barbara Lee issued the following statement in recognition of the start of Women’s History Month:

“Women’s History Month is an opportunity to honor the powerful women whose shoulders we stand on today. Without women like Ida B. Wells, Ruby Bridges, or Shirley Chisholm, I would not have the opportunity to serve my community in Congress as I do today. Throughout history, women have fought adversity, inequality, and sexism to move America closer to realizing its greatest ideals – and the celebration of our impact cannot be limited to one month.

“This month, as we celebrate remarkable women in our history, let us draw inspiration from their tenacity and determination to tackle our present day challenges. From the war on reproductive freedom to gender income inequality, there is much work to do to achieve true gender equity. I’m committed to fighting alongside my colleagues in the Democratic Women’s Caucus to advance critical legislation in the House and work with the Biden administration to deliver for women across the country. I’m proud of the progress we’ve been able to make over the past two years, from passing the Paycheck Fairness Act to making historic investments in women’s health care in the Inflation Reduction Act. As we face a MAGA anti-choice majority in the House, we must fight even harder to bring attention to these issues and the threat their extremist agenda poses not just to women but to the entire nation. 

“I am grateful to serve in a Congress with the highest number of women in history—and we just gained one more with the historic election of Jennifer McClellan to Virginia’s 4th district. I look forward to uplifting the incredible women of our past this month and uplifting and inspiring women of the future with the work we do in Congress to fully achieve gender equality and justice.”