"International Women's Day" is currently celebrated as a call to awareness of women's rights issues around the world. Celebrated in over 100 countries, annually, it has become an official national holiday in 29 of them.
As the United States seeks to lead the world in the equal rights of all people, we call upon the United States Congress to pass a bill officially making March 8th an annual national holiday to be titled "Women's Equality Day".
The purpose of "Women's Equality Day" will be to assert our country's long-standing goal of providing equal opportunities in every aspect of life to all women and men.
Currently, women only compose 20% of the U.S. Senate, 18% of the U.S House of Representatives, 1/3 of the Presidential Cabinet, 1/3 of the Supreme Court, and have never occupied the presidency or vice presidency.
In addition, women earn less than men in nearly every industry for the same jobs, account for a horrifying 91% of rape and sexual assault victims, and are routinely objectified and harassed in society-at-large.
We are also troubled by the continued assault on women's reproductive rights and their (often) lack of a voice in these matters
We know most Americans, regardless of gender, wish to change all these and every other problem in our country that disproportionately affects women.
We call on our mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, and daughters and sons to join us in this fight for women's equality by compelling Congress to make "Women's Equality Day" a national holiday.