Women’s History Month is an opportunity to honor the trailblazing women presently in our lives and those who came before. For more than three decades, March has been designated as Women’s History Month, providing an annual reminder of the amazing contributions of women throughout American history.
Nearly a century after women were guaranteed the right to vote, I am honored to serve alongside a historic number of women in Congress. This includes two fellow Missourians, Congresswoman Ann Wagner and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler who are strong advocates for our Missouri values. Congresswoman Wagner has been a champion against human trafficking, sponsoring critical bills signed into law by President Trump. In addition, Congresswoman Hartzler has consistently fought for the unborn and even leads a group to advance pro-life issues in Congress. I admire their dedication to their constituents and loving families, and value their partnership as we continue to fight for the Show Me state in Washington D.C.
Congresswomen Hartzler and Wagner are just two of the countless women who have played a significant role in shaping Missouri. Women like Josephine Baker, an entertainer who gained prominence as an integral figure in the civil rights movement, are among the remarkable Americans to whom we pay tribute this month. Born in St. Louis, Josephine became famous for her singing, dancing and acting talents across the country and in Europe, but that is only a small part of her story. While living in Paris she joined the French Resistance during WWII and, after the Allies’ victory, was awarded two medals for her bravery and service. Throughout her storied life Josephine was also a devoted champion of civil rights. She vigorously opposed segregation and was the only woman to speak at the March on Washington alongside Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963. She and so many others are an inspiration to all of us.
With two wonderful daughters, a daughter-in-law and two granddaughters of my own, it is encouraging to see the amazing contributions women have made to our booming economy. Not only do we have more women serving in Congress than ever before, but women filled 58 percent of all new jobs created last year. I’m proud to support President Trump’s pro-growth economic policies and I can’t wait to see even more female CEOs, congresswomen and small business owners continuing to make history and realizing their American dream.
Women from our local communities and across America have played an integral part in the legacy of our great nation and continue to make history each and every day. This Women’s History Month, I hope you’ll take the opportunity to honor and celebrate the amazing mothers, daughters, wives, sisters, grandmothers, and loved ones in your life.
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., shares his perspective each week on national issues, including ones that affect Missouri. He represents the state’s 3rd District, which includes Jefferson City. His local office can be reached at 635-7232.