Clarke honors Women’s Equality Day

In this file photo, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, left, listens as Congresswoman Yvette Clarke speaks during a press conference outside police headquarters on Thursday Aug. 14, 2014 in New York.
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Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke says ratification of the 19th Amendment, which protects the right of women to vote, was critical to the effort to secure for women the “full blessings of American life.”

“That effort continues today, as we work to eliminate the disparity in wages between men and women, establish paid family leave as a right guaranteed to every worker, and expand the participation of women in business and government,” said Clarke, who represents the Ninth Congressional District in Brooklyn.

“We must also remember that for millions of American women the right to vote remains under attack by state legislatures that have enacted voter identification laws, restricted early voting, and removed the names of eligible voters from registration lists — entirely for the purpose of disenfranchising African American and Latino women,” she added.

“As we celebrate Women’s Equality Day and the Nineteenth Amendment, let us resolve to pursue full equality for every American, particularly those women who are still denied the right to participate in our civil society,” Clarke continued.

The congresswoman is a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the House of Representatives; a member of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade; a member of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology; and a member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

Clarke is also a member of the House Committee on Ethics and the Committee of Small Business.

She represents many neighborhoods in central and southern Brooklyn, which include Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Gerritsen Beach, Madison, Midwood, parts of Park Slope and Flatlands, Prospect Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Sheepshead Bay and Windsor Terrace.

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