Congressman Keith Ellison

Representing the 5th District of Minnesota

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Rep. Ellison Statement on International Women’s Day

Mar 8, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement today in honor of International Women’s Day, and in solidarity with the women striking for the Day Without Women.

“On this International Women’s Day, I am standing in solidarity with the millions of women around the world who are striking for an equitable and just world.

“Regardless of nationality, country of residence or race, we all want the freedom to chart our own destiny, raise our children in a safe and healthy environment and live in a society that reaffirms our humanity.  In every struggle for justice, women have led us—risking their safety, freedom or life in pursuit of greater good. They have made scientific and business advances, fought in battlefields as service members and medical professionals, fought to expand political and social equality, and emerged as national and international leaders. 

“Today, Americans find ourselves facing an uncertain future.  We need to fight like never before against the politics of hate, exclusion, and isolation. Divisive politics hurts all of us, and slows us down on the road to progress. Women—poor, middle-class, rich, black, Latina, Native American, and white must lead us in this fight.

“Link arms with the women in your life—even those who may have a different story than your own—and continue to build a mass movement of women invested in the future of our country with renewed energy. Our country’s future depends on it.

“We must to stand together. We must organize. And we must build a country where everyone has a fair shot and nobody is left behind.

“Once we decide that we’re not willing to be a nation that leaves women—or anyone--behind, we have to use our voices, our feet, our communities, and our votes to make it happen.”