“On this International Women’s Day, we honor and celebrate women around the world who have paved the way for us to stand more firmly today. From leaders and activists at the forefront of change to scientists and small business owners revolutionizing innovation, women across the globe continue to break down barriers to advance equality and justice. With each stride of progress, it becomes clearer that empowering us only makes our societies stronger. Yet at a time when our reproductive rights are at stake and when the gender pay gap remains a shameful reality, we are reminded of the work that needs to be done to protect our rights and affirm our dignity. I am proud to work alongside my colleagues on the Council to uplift women and girls across New York City. Today, we stand alongside all the women who have ever faced injustice, and renew our resolve to strengthen our rights.”