“It wasn’t easy for women to dream beyond their current situation...”

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) • March 8, 2017

With Women’s History Month Under Way, McMorris Rodgers Reflects on the Dreams of Women Around the World

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we reflect on women trailblazers and celebrate the milestones:

The first female fighter pilot. The first Latina to be elected to Congress. The first female Chair of the House Budget Committee.

And in just a few weeks, we’ll be celebrating 100 years since Jeannette Rankin became the first woman to serve in Congress.

These are women that have had big dreams, that have broken the barriers, and have been an inspiration for generations that come after them.

Our country is the land of opportunity, where women are empowered to pursue their own unique version of the American Dream. But with that comes the understanding that not everyone has these same opportunities — that’s why International Women’s Day is so important.

 

For many women around the world, the firsts can be a little more fundamental — the first woman in your family to learn to read; the first to go to school; the first to have a job or be able to vote.

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Afghanistan over Mother’s Day weekend. To see the conditions in which women were living there…even basic needs were so difficult to meet that it wasn’t easy for women to dream beyond their current situation.

As I share in the video above, this experience made me more appreciative of my own journey, and of the people who helped me along the way.  

On this International Women’s Day, let’s pledge to remain vigilant advocates for our neighbors, so that every woman can reach new heights, be celebrated for her brilliance, and encourage others to strive for better. Together we can create an inspiring legacy for future generations of women around the world.