Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley celebrated the 19th amendment by hosting a Women’s Day of Action and rallying her supporters.
Public Advocate Letitia James, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, Councilman Ritchie Torres and dozens of volunteers marked the ratification of the 19th amendment, which officially gave women the right to vote 97 years ago.
Crowley touted her advocacy for equal rights, pay and representation, but said there’s still work to be done to “keep women in office and encourage more to run.”
“In New York City, women make up less than one third of the City council – just 13 out of 51 members,” she said. “We have some of the strongest, most intelligent women in the entire world right here, yet are significantly underrepresented in elected office.”
Crowley said her mother dedicated her career to education and public service, showing her by example that a woman can do just as well as any man.
“As a small business owner and female community leader, she raised 15 children and 12 girls who all became professional, independent women,” Crowley said. “I fight every day not only for my own family but for all families across the district because that is how I was raised. I was taught to be strong, fair and persistent, and will continue to be to ensure our communities move forward.”