(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) issued the following statement in recognition of International Women’s Day:
“Today, as we celebrate International Women’s Day, we recognize the achievements of women across the globe, and their extraordinary leadership in ending poverty and hunger. This occasion recalls as well the work left to do on gender equality. The theme this year for International Women’s Day is ‘Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty.’ In the fight against hunger and poverty, women need and deserve greater opportunities to gain land ownership rights, pay equality, and access to leadership roles throughout the world.
“The ten recipients of the Department of State’s International Women of Courage Award show through their personal courage and dedication that women still face significant obstacles to full political, social, and economic participation. Most especially, I offer my praise and thanks to the women who serve in our armed forces, whose sacrifice and courage are truly essential to the success and strength of our nation.”