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Washington – A bipartisan coalition of Senators announced their resolution to recognize March 8, 2016 as International Women’s Day and commemorate the achievements of women around the world. The International Women’s Day resolution, co-sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaneen (D-N.H.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women while recognizing the obstacles women continue to face in the struggle for equal rights and opportunities.

In support of the goals of International Women’s Day, the resolution also affirms the advancement of women as a foreign policy priority for the United States. It also notes that the ability of women to realize their full potential through education and economic empowerment is critical to a nation’s ability to achieve strong and lasting economic growth, as well as political and social stability. Specifically, the bipartisan resolution highlights the underrepresentation of women in most aspects of public life, the denial of basic human rights for women in many countries, and the threat of violence and abuse that too many women around the world continue to face.

The full text of the resolution is available here.