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For Hoyer, he said equal pay isn’t just a women’s is­sue — it’s an Amer­i­can is­sue.

Although Amer­ica has made ex­tra­or­di­nary progress as a na­tion since the Seneca Falls Dec­la­ra­tion of Sen­ti­ments in 1848 and the 19th Amend­ment in 1920, Hoyer said the work of women’s equal­ity and their rights re­mains un­fin­ished.

“It re­ally is time for us to step up to the plate and do what we need to do in the way of en­sur­ing more women are elected to of­fices,” said Ben­son, the only fe­male se­na­tor from Prince George’s County who has been in pol­i­tics since 1965. “This is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for us to come to­gether, net­work, meet each other, give sup­port to each other and give the kind of strength that’s nec­es­sary so those women aspir­ing to run for an elected of­fice will feel in­spired.”

Hav­ing served 20 years in the House of Del­e­gates and al­most seven years in the se­nate, Ben­son said she is hum­bled to be a source of strength that women need in to­day’s chal­leng­ing so­ci­ety. It’s the shot in the arm she needs to keep go­ing, she said.

“I un­der­stand how pol­i­tics work and what it takes to be suc­cess­ful,” she said. “Be­ing a part of this event makes me feel that I have value. It makes me feel very hum­bled that peo­ple care enough and rec­og­nize my ex­pe­ri­ence and back­ground as an ed­u­ca­tor and pub­lic ser­vant to come to me.”

When it comes to pub­lic ser­vice, Hoyer said Al­so­brooks, the first woman and youngest per­son ever elected to state’s at­tor­ney af­ter run­ning for of­fice in 2010, is some­one who has been mak­ing women’s his­tory in Prince George’s County.

Un­der Al­so­brooks’s lead­er­ship, her team of more than 90 at­tor­neys and 100 ad­min­is­tra­tive staff has played a lead­ing role in the re­duc­tion of crime in the county for the last five years. In ad­di­tion, Al­so­brooks played an im­por­tant role in ad­dress­ing do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence, while work­ing along­side Mary­land At­tor­ney Gen­eral Brian Frosh in the fight to end hu­man traf­fick­ing, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from Hoyer’s of­fice.

“I think there’s a lot to cel­e­brate in the progress that’s been made and to shine a light as well on some of the is­sues that con­tinue to be some­thing we must fight to­gether as women,” Al­so­brooks said. “Women have al­ways been present but now we’re call­ing more and more women to con­tinue. We’ve been here in both ex­tra­or­di­nary ways and or­di­nary ways.”

Hoyer said he will keep fight­ing in Congress, along­side Cardin and the Mary­land del­e­ga­tion, to en­sure ev­ery woman in Amer­ica has an equal op­por­tu­nity to get ahead, have her voice heard loudly and clearly and is treated equally un­der the na­tion’s laws.

“As we leave here, I hope we will do so rein­vig­o­rated with the spirit of a proud his­tory of striv­ing for equal­ity and the de­ter­mi­na­tion to con­tinue do­ing so,” said Hoyer. “Only by work­ing to­gether and push­ing hard for change and progress can we con­tinue achiev­ing the vic­to­ries that bring full equal­ity closer.”

“A way a na­tion treats its women is a re­minder of how well a na­tion will be,” Cardin said. “We cel­e­brate to­day but we know we still have work to get done.”

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