PLAINFIELD, NJ - The fundamental tenet of our democracy is the belief in fairness and justice for all. This passion and spirit has driven women to challenge the injustices of gender inequality and pursue dreams, which would lead them to shatter ceilings and change the working landscape.
Women's History Month is a time to commemorate those struggles, celebrate the progress that has been made and reaffirms commitment to supporting the rights, and protecting the dignity of women here in America and across the globe.
Much progress has been made over the years; today, women are successful in every arena of our society and have left their mark from industry to education, government, and finance. They stand as strong role models to show the next generation that anything can be achieved if you work hard to make it happen.
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What's happening here is a reflection of what is taking place in the world.
Today, women in almost every country have the right to vote, something that was inconceivable a century ago. So change is possible, but there remains opportunity. We want to see equal pay for equal work,
Paid family leave is still the exception and not the rule, and that should never be in a country such as America in 2017. Women should not have to worry that they may lose their jobs because they have chosen to be mothers,
We have to ensure that our women and girls have the same opportunities given to our men and boys. It begins with equal education and ends with equal job opportunities, equal pay and equality at every level. And under no circumstance should we accept violence against women. We cannot, and should not rest until our mothers, sisters, and daughters assume their rightful place as full participants and recipients in a safe, and just society.
There are some among us who view the equalization of women as a threat, and many of our mothers and sisters have been subjected to harassment merely because they were bold enough to stand up for equality. But, our women are strong, and they have fought back and are still fighting today, and they deserve our support.
This cause isn't just about women standing alone and fighting for something. It's about men standing beside them and demanding a higher standard of themselves, their friends, their co-workers, their fathers and their sons.
Man without woman is nothing, and we must demonstrate practically that we value their contributions and the strength they bring to our society.
Women's History Month is important, and we cannot get complacent. We must continue to appreciate, support and celebrate the achievements that women have fought so hard for, and we must rededicate ourselves to tackling the challenges that remain. Equality for women is a human right.
I support women here in Plainfield, across our nation, and around the world. I will continue to vigorously pursue policies to ensure that they have equal rights in every arena and in every endeavor; I challenge every man in Plainfield to join me as we lift up our women during this Women's History Month and throughout the year.
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Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
City of Plainfield