I write to you today in celebration of Women�s History Month
and the tremendous achievements made by women throughout our
It�s hard to believe that one hundred years ago this week,
New Jersey�s Alice Paul helped organize the Women�s Suffrage Parade
in Washington, D.C. This march marked a turning point in the
struggle for a woman�s right to vote and in 1920, the 19th
Amendment to our Constitution was ratified thanks in part to Alice�s
But gaining equality at the ballot box was not enough
to satisfy Alice Paul. She believed, as I do, that every right
guaranteed to me under our Constitution should be unquestionably
guaranteed to all women. That�s why Alice Paul drafted the Equal Rights
Amendment to the Constitution. And that�s why for the past 20
years -- my entire career in Congress -- I have been carrying on Alice
Paul�s mission to get the Equal Rights Amendment enshrined in our
Constitution once and for all.
We should all be proud Alice
Paul called New Jersey home. She shattered a glass ceiling, opening
up opportunities for women all across this country. To honor
her tireless work, this week I introduced a resolution to posthumously
award her with the Congressional Gold Medal. But her work � our
work � is not done yet.
Women in New Jersey still earn 79
cents for every one dollar earned by their male counterparts. This
is unacceptable. And while we just recently celebrated the
fourth anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, it�s evident that
wage discrimination is still happening in the workplace. That�s
why I am a cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act to strengthen
current laws that will help ensure equal pay for equal work.
your United States Senator, and more importantly as a father to a
daughter, I will not rest until women are equally protected under the law
and are paid a fair wage. I will continue fighting everyday
against those in Congress who want to turn back the clock on women�s
rights. And I will continue to work to ensure women have better access
to quality health care and education.
But I need your
help. Let us all work every day to foster a new generation of Alice
Pauls -- bright, determined women who understand that all it takes is
one person, one woman, to make a difference.
Thank you for
all that you do to make New Jersey a better place to work, live and
raise a family.
United States Senator
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