Rep. Adriano Espaillat Introduces House Resolution Recognizing Women’s History Month and Historic Contributions of Women to the American Labor Movement

March 14, 2019
Press Release
Women’s Work has Historically been Denigrated and Overlooked and Women Have Long Been Excluded; It’s Time to Equal the Playing Field Regardless of Gender

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement on the introduction of his resolution to recognize the contributions of New York women to the nation’s labor movement.

“Today, women around the nation hold key leadership positions in major labor unions and their voices are critical on issues impacting the nation’s economy and workforce,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13).  

“Historically, women heroically flooded into our nation’s factories during World War II, and by way of such patriotism, they helped win the war and drive economic prosperity through the following decades.  Women of color in the labor movement, such as legends Lucy Parsons and Dolores Huerta, battled through both gender barriers and racial prejudice in pursuit of a more equitable workplace for all Americans, and their contributions continue to impact our efforts today to ensure equality and fairness in the workplace.

“New York’s 13th congressional district is home to tremendous talent and skilled workers, including a significant number of women leaders in the labor community.  From teachers, childcare workers to transportation workers, women have demonstrated true leadership within key unions and labor organizations, including CWA Local 1180, the Central Labor Council—AFL–CIO, 1199 and 32BJ’s of the SEIU, HTC, RWDSU, UFT, UNITE HERE Local 100, DC37, TWU, NYSNA, AFT, UFCW’s Local 888, and AFSCME’s Local 299 and Local 372.  We are proud to honor their service to our communities and the contributions and sacrifices women make daily to help improve the lives within our households, communities, and industries around the nation.”

Read Rep. Espaillat’s Women’s History Resolution in its entirety.


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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his second term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the House Small Business Committee.  He serves as a Senior Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) where he also serves in a leadership role as CHC Whip. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing. Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx.  To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at


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