COLLEGE PARK, MD -- Yesterday, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) hosted the 17th annual Women's Equality Day Luncheon, with keynote speaker Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Chair of the House Financial Services Committee. Over 900 individuals from throughout the Fifth District and Maryland attended the event, including Congressman Anthony Brown (MD-04), Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, Prince George's County State's Attorney Aisha Braveboy, Delegate Kathleen Dumais, Delegate Edith Patterson, and University of Maryland Student Body President Ireland Lesley.
"I was proud to host the seventeenth annual Women's Equality Day Luncheon in Maryland's Fifth District," said Congressman Hoyer. "As we celebrate the centennial of Congress passing the Nineteenth Amendment and securing votes for women in the twentieth century, we must also redouble our effort to ensure equality for women in the twenty-first by standing up for equal pay, taking action to prevent domestic violence, and ensuring women's access to health care and reproductive choice."
"I was honored to welcome Chairwoman Maxine Waters of the Financial Services Committee as our keynote speaker this year, a woman who is standing up to unfair practices on Wall Street that negatively impact working families and who is holding the Trump Administration accountable for its harmful actions," continued Congressman Hoyer. "I am proud to work alongside her in Congress. I will continue to partner with her, my colleagues in Congress and in the state legislature, and advocates in the Fifth District to advance the cause of women's rights and equal opportunity and justice for all."
“I was so very pleased to join my friend and our distinguished Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, Congressman Hoyer, for his 17th Annual Women’s Equality Day Luncheon," said Chairwoman Waters. "Congressman Hoyer has been a stalwart ally to women on the most important bills we have passed this year in Congress. From ensuring women have equal pay for equal work to reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), along with legislation protecting consumers from predatory practices, raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, and protecting Obamacare, Congressman Hoyer has provided consistent and wise leadership for the Democratic Caucus on a wide range of issues impacting women and families. I can say without a doubt that Congressman Hoyer’s district and constituents, along with the rest of the country, have benefitted a great deal from his dedicated service in the US Congress."
Women's Equality Day is celebrated annually on August 26 to commemorate the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment. Every August, Congressman Hoyer hosts the Fifth District Women's Equality Day Luncheon to recognize the important achievements of women in Maryland. Previous keynote speakers have included Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.