Lawmakers mark Women’s Equality Day

Lawmakers mark Women’s Equality Day
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Various lawmakers marked Women's Equality Day on Saturday, celebrating women's achievements and the passage of the 19th Amendment, which allowed women to vote.

House lawmakers took the opportunity to push for new legislation providing services for working families, with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) proposing the House pass a bill tackling childcare costs for working parents. 

Other statements from lawmakers including Reps. John GaramendiJohn Raymond GaramendiTrump infrastructure plan gets cold reception House GOP leaders scramble for budget votes Repealing antiquated Jones Act would be a boon to all Americans MORE (D-Calif.) and Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) focused on expanding opportunities for women in the workforce and emphasized the need for equal compensation for women. 

Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyGrassley, Dems step up battle over judicial nominees 2020 Dem contenders travel to key primary states Mulvaney remarks on Trump budget plan spark confusion MORE (D-Ore.) encouraged the removal of "the many barriers that still exist for women," and posted a quote from Malala Yousafzai, a female Pakistani activist for women's and children's education and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

Former President Richard Nixon issued the first Women's Equality Day proclamation in 1976. The holiday was celebrated on Aug. 26, the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, following a series of women's strikes earlier in the decade.

Every U.S. president since Nixon has continued the tradition of proclaiming the holiday, with President Trump on Friday making this year's proclamation.