Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement in honor of Women’s History Month:

“From the very beginning of our democracy, women have played an instrumental role in shaping every aspect of American life. This month, we honor and recognize our nation’s women and all their contributions to improve the lives of every American.

“We honor the trailblazers who have broken barriers and gone on to become America’s leading scientists, politicians, entrepreneurs, writers and artists.

“We honor the women who refused to take a step backwards when they faced discrimination, and instead put two feet forward and powered through. And we honor the women who overcame entrenched barriers to better our society and secure landmark victories like the right to vote and the right to make our own health care decisions.

“Women’s History Month is an opportunity to recommit to the fights that have marked our nation’s growth – from quality, affordable health care; to laws that treat everyone fairly, no matter their gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation; to an economic system that treats every worker with dignity and respect. We must never forget these fights, so that we can harness and preserve that spirit for our children, grandchildren, and all future generations.

“As a Floridian, I am very pleased that the National Women’s History Month Project is highlighting two Floridians in their theme of “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government” – Nadine Smith, an LGBT civil rights activist and the Executive Director of Equality Florida, and Betty Mae Tiger Jumper, the first woman to serve as Chairman of the Seminole Tribe and a Presidential advisor. Both of these extraordinary women have made countless contributions to our society, our state and the nation, and we are all better for their service.”