It’s Women’s History Month and what an exciting time. In addition to honoring the women from our past, women right now have an opportunity to make a significant impact on history.
Certainly, these are challenging times. In recent weeks, we witnessed a Congressman convene an all-male panel to discuss contraception and the freedom of conscience clause. We paid close attention as Virginia lawmakers put forth drastic bills attempting to legislate women’s body. We heard Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum speak out against prenatal testing. We witnessed a partisan vote on the Violence Against Women Act. We watched several attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, including one from a once respected woman’s charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
And, we read the amendment put forth by Senator Roy Blunt which would allow an employer to exclude any health service from the coverage they provide employers based on any moral or religious objection. How ironic that the Senate is expected to vote on that amendment today- the first day of our month long celebration of women. (Have you called your Senator regarding the vote?) Some in Washington are trying to frame the amendment as a religious debate – but there is so much more at stake.
This Women’s History Month, women have the opportunity to quell this systematic attack on women’s rights. Our efforts will make a difference – they already have. Planned Parenthood has not been defunded. The transvaginal ultrasound bill did not pass in Virginia. Women are speaking up, speaking out and fighting back. We are raising our voices on the op-ed pages, on social media and in Washington.
This Women’s History Month, stay informed, stay vocal, run for office. Be the woman your granddaughter will read about in history class someday.
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