Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou Statement on Women’s History Month
New York, NY – Today, March 1, marks the first day of Women’s History Month. While International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8, since 1987, the United States has dedicated the entire month of March to recognize the achievements of women. In response to the start of this important month, Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou released the following statement:
“Women’s History Month is a time to honor and reflect on the past accomplishments and contributions of women. Women leaders, including many New York natives like Eleanor Roosevelt, Sonia Sotomayor, and Shirley Chisholm to name a few, overcame obstacles and fought tooth-and-nail against too many injustices to women everywhere could gain equality. During Women’s History Month, we are reminded that we stand on the shoulders of giants, but we still have a long way to go to accomplish the goals set out by these women.
I hope to tackle some of the challenges that women face today during a Women’s History Month Panel that I will be hosting on Sunday, March 11. In addition to bringing together women leaders from a variety of fields to share their insight with all of us, I want to use this opportunity to help connect some of you with role models. Young women and girls tend to have a harder time finding role models and mentors, and this is a chance for them to see that it is possible to become pioneers in science and technology, run a company, make art that touches many lives and holds government office.
As we enter into Women’s History Month and begin reflecting on the contributions of women in the past, I will be thinking about what I can do to advance women’s rights and equality. In doing so, I will be keeping in mind the words of the late Grace Lee Boggs, the daughter of Chinese immigrants and a prominent activist who said about enacting change, ‘We can begin by doing small things at the local level, like planting community gardens or looking out for our neighbors. That is how change takes place in living systems: not from above but from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously.’
I look forward to celebrating Women’s History Month with all of you. I hope to see you all at the panel on March 11.”
About the Women’s History Month Panel: Sunday, March 11 from 12pm to 3pm at LMHQ (150 Broadway). Following the panel, participants will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with panelists. To RSVP, please contact (212) 312-1420 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.