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House DFL Statement on International Women’s Day

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

SAINT PAUL – Today is International Women’s Day.

“Women are making gains in the private sector and in government representation, but we’re not there yet,” said House DFL Leader Melissa Hortman (Brooklyn Park). “Women’s equality shouldn’t be a partisan issue, but it has become one with Republicans refusing to support things like equal pay and blocking women’s access to healthcare. We should work together to improve equality for all Minnesotans.”

The Minnesota House has the largest number of female members in history –49— and is more diverse thanks to DFLers. Women make up nearly half of DFL House membership (47%).

"I’m proud to work with a powerful, strong generation of young women who are clear in their demand – we need to create a society that establishes full equality for all women, everywhere,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar (DFL-Minneapolis). “No matter the race, religion, ethnicity or creed, we need to keep fighting to create true equality for women everywhere. I am proud to join my fellow female legislators celebrating the women of Minnesota on International Women’s Day."

“International Women’s Day is a time to come together and celebrate the progress we’ve made over the generations,” remarked Rep. Laurie Halverson (DFL-Eagan). “While we honor the achievements of those who came before us, it’s also a time for us to take inspiration from their struggle as we continue fighting for equality today. That means advancing equal pay, paid family leave, and protecting reproductive rights. Supporting policies such as these will ensure women have agency over their economic, educational and family lives.”

"I am so proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the women of Minnesota on International Women’s Day, and especially speaking loudly for the hard work being done by all of Minnesota’s women of color and indigenous women,” said Rep. Rena Moran (DFL—St. Paul). Women of color are robust participants in the labor force: 75% of Hmong and African American mothers with young children are in the labor force; 65% of Mexican mothers. They are the primary family breadwinners: an astounding 80% of Minnesota’s Native American and African American women with children earn the majority of the family income. Yet, women and girls of color face significant challenges and disparities, and we need to keep on fighting to reduce the gender wage gap and end all gender inequality. "

Minnesota House Democrats remain committed to equality for all Minnesotans, including women.