AUSTIN, Texas—Texas Democratic Party Vice Chair Dr. Carla Brailey issued the following statement:
“This month, we celebrate the relentless work and powerful leadership of women throughout our history and across our state and country. And this year, we are celebrating one of our most important milestones yet — the first Black and Asian woman to serve as vice president is finally in office. It’s been unbelievably moving to watch Vice President Kamala Harris send that glass ceiling crashing to the floor. Thanks to her leadership, our country is finally on the path towards healing.
“Yet while women — and especially women of color — have pushed us forward at every turn, today, we are facing a grim reality. The COVID-19 pandemic has put our country through unthinkable pain — and women are suffering at the forefront while simultaneously being expected to pick up the pieces.
“This is not breaking news. From the classroom to the operating room, women are the backbone of essential work — and more than half are women of color. The lack of protections for essential workers is not only a public health issue but further confirms that women, especially BIPOC and trans women, are not receiving the equal justice and protection that is their right under law.
“Texas is ground zero when it comes to the battle for women’s rights. In the last year alone, Texas Republicans have unapologetically attacked low-income women of color by eliminating health care coverage for Planned Parenthood patients on Medicaid. But they didn’t stop there. Our failed governor Greg Abbott exploited the pandemic to deprive Texans of their right to reproductive health care. We have witnessed for an entire year that the Texas Republican response to the pandemic has been to leave Black and Latino communities to die, continuing their assault on the rights and safety of women of color. And now, statewide Republican leaders are attacking trans women for simply existing.
“Texas Democrats want to be clear: there is NOTHING ‘non-essential’ about the rights of women and non-binary Texans. And while Texas Republicans have long abandoned our communities, Texas Democratic women continue to lead the fight for a better Texas. Their leadership was on full display last month, as Texas Democrats like Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. Sylvia Garcia, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, State Sen.Carol Alvarado, State Rep. Senfronia Thompson, and countless others stepped up to advocate for Texans and provide the basic resources folks desperately needed.
“We have a long and winding road ahead in the battle for gender equality. Let’s use this Women’s History Month to celebrate and uplift the voices of women who are leading the charge to push every aspect of our society forward. As the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, ‘women belong in all places where decisions are being made.’ This month, let’s honor the women leaders whose shoulders we stand on by carrying the fight for justice forward. Not that we are taking our seats at the table, let’s follow the footsteps of VP Harris and aim for the head of the table.”
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