March 1, 2011
Washington, D.C.—Nevada Senator Harry Reid today made the following statement recognizing Women’s History Month:
“Since our nation was founded, pioneering women have helped shape it and make it strong. From the first homesteaders in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas to Sarah Winnemucca, the first Native American woman to publish in English, to Imogene Evelyn Young Ford, an advocate for women’s civil rights in Carson City, they have fought to make Nevada and this country a better place to live.
“Efforts to ensure that women are treated equally to men in all walks of life have yielded progress. In recent years, Congress passed landmark legislation to ensure equal pay for equal work, passed health insurance reform that will end discrimination against women with preexisting conditions such as breast cancer and protected Title IX programs that create opportunities for female students in America.
“But we can do more. This year we will work to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, which has provided resources and support to victims of domestic violence and their children. I am committed to protecting this law, which has helped millions of women affected by violence.
“As we reflect this month on the contributions American women have made to our shared history and celebrate their influence on the path of our state and our nation, we will also continue our work to ensure that every person – regardless of gender – has the same opportunity to live her dreams.”