Ohio Democratic Party Celebrates Women’s History Month

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party today released the following statement celebrating the start of Women’s History Month:

“Almost 170 years ago, famed abolitionist Sojourner Truth delivered her powerful ‘Ain’t I A Woman?’ speech at the Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, encouraging women to fight for equality with men,” said Ohio Democratic Party Vice Chairwoman Rhine McLin. “Today that fight continues as we have women who are trailblazers in Ohio’s history, such as Helen Rankin, the first African-American woman to serve in the Ohio House of Representatives; Maple Heights’ first African-American mayor, Annette Blackwell; and Euclid’s first woman mayor, Kirsten Holzheimer Gail; as well as many more who are working hard to make access to affordable health care, equal pay for equal work and paid family leave a reality for women in Ohio.”

Ohio women earn just 78 cents on the dollar compared to men, and the wage gap is even larger for women of color working full time. Women also make up 48 percent of Ohio’s workforce and are more likely to be the sole or primary breadwinner in their families. Additionally, women are disproportionately impacted by issues facing workers, such as lack of paid leave, and face career advancement limitations, as they are more likely to serve as caregivers for newborns or sick family members.

“We are in a pivotal time in our nation’s history when women are excited and inspired to lead our communities into the future,” said Ohio Young Democrats President Jen House. “While much progress has been made for women in Ohio and across the country, there is much more that remains to be done. We will continue to work hard to provide women with access to a quality education, economic security and the opportunities they deserve because, as Congresswoman Joyce Beatty often says,‘When women succeed, America succeeds.’”