Special message from Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (February 27, 2014):
It is my honor to bring you greetings on International Women’s Day. I join with you in affirming the crucial idea that women’s rights are human rights.
Today’s speakers have fought tirelessly for the International rights of women and girls. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee, former Columbian Senator Ingrid Betancourt, political operative Patti Solis Doyle, and Minnesota Senate President Sandy Pappas should be applauded for their tireless advocacy and steadfast efforts on behalf of women and girls around the world.
International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the progress we have made to equality and to recommit to the future of security and success for all woman. It is our duty to empower women within their communities to ensure that no woman is forced to fear for her own safety in her own home and to extend the promise of equal rights, equal pay, and equal opportunity to every woman.
It is our responsibility to help our mothers, daughters and granddaughters receive an education, join the work force, access quality healthcare, choose their leaders and lead their nations. When women succeed, communities around the world succeed.
Thank you for all that you do. Congratulations and best wishes for a successful International Women’s Day Conference.