WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, on Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) celebrates women’s suffrage and the incredible progress made by American women. 

Patrice Onwuka, director of the Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO), issued the following statement:

“Women are truly blessed to live at a time of such progress in the U.S. Each new generation of young women experiences greater personal freedom, agency, and opportunity than the generations before them. The 19th Amendment not only secured women’s suffrage but was also the catalyst for their economic freedom and mobility. Today, women have abundant choices over their time and labor that allow them to pursue their passions and raise families.

“On Women’s Equality Day, we celebrate the matriarchs of the women’s movement. Their relentless pursuit of equality has made America a beacon of light to women worldwide. We hope policymakers will not stall economic progress by reducing flexible work or erecting barriers to working and entrepreneurship.” 

Jennifer C. Braceras, director of Independent Women’s Law Center (IWLC), issued the following statement:

“I am grateful that my son and three daughters have grown up in a world where they enjoy equal rights. But while American men and women are legally equal, we are not the same, and our laws should not treat us as such. Today, our hard won right to equal opportunity is threatened by those who believe that sex is meaningless and that we should never acknowledge biological differences between females and males. At IW, we understand that we can stop sex discrimination if we can’t define sex.”

IWF is the leading women’s organization fighting for equal opportunity and the sanctity of women’s private spaces. IW’s “Women’s Bill of Rights,” developed in conjunction with Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF), defines common sex-based words in order to protect the integrity of policies that outlaw sex discrimination. WBoR has served as model legislation for bills passed in Kansas, Tennessee, and most recently, Oklahoma.

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