Voice for the Voiceless

At this summer’s Olympics in Rio, gymnast Simone Biles not only won the gold—she won over our hearts with her hard work, positive attitude, and heartwarming story. As a young girl she was adopted by her grandparents after her mother struggled with addiction and was unable to care for her.

Simone is a reminder of the potential of human life, if advocated for, cared for, and given the chance to pursue their own dreams.

Today is Women’s Equality Day, and while we celebrate the suffragists who championed women’s right to vote, this annual commemoration offers us a challenge to advocate for women in all walks of life, no matter their country or creed.

As the body most accountable to the people, representatives have a tremendous responsibility to advocate for the voiceless around the world. House Republicans take that responsibility seriously, particularly when it comes to the most vulnerable among us.

As a mother, a woman, and a lawmaker, Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO), wants to bring sexual violence and assault to light, and is committed to doing all she can to eradicate these issues.

“…we must train our sights both on the future of women and on putting an end to the horrific, crushing crimes they face,” writes Wagner in a CNN Online op-ed.

She and Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) teamed up to address the human trafficking crisis ahead of this year’s Super Bowl, and the need for robust collaboration from public and private entities to protect the most vulnerable among us:

“In May, for the first time in 13 years, Congress passed, and the President signed, legislation to address human trafficking…As legislators, we believe these new laws are a step in the right direction, however more can and must be done. Without awareness and education, many of these victims will never be freed and will be forced to endure a life of endless abuse.  We are dedicated to this work, legislatively and beyond, to provide a voice for these victims until human trafficking is eradicated in the United States.”

Nearly a century after receiving the right to vote, it’s up to us to carry the torch of the early champions of women’s rights to protect the voice of every American and ensure its strength for generations to come.