Statement by National NOW President Christian F. Nunes
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In July, we recognize Disability Pride Month to celebrate the 36 million women in the United States with disabilities. We acknowledge these women’s tremendous successes and achievements against added challenges – and remember that equality belongs to all.
As intersectional feminists, we emphasize that inequalities are not always based solely on gender. This month, we honor those whose physical, mental, or intellectual disabilities bring unique obstacles and societal inequalities on top of the discrimination women already face.
Because statistics show that women with disabilities are more likely to be unemployed, experience poverty, and be sexually harassed or assaulted, NOW has purposefully included disability rights in the fight toward equality.
During Disability Pride Month, I encourage those with disabilities to highlight their successes and for those without disabilities not to dismiss their challenges. I also remind all of us – especially those with the power to make change – that our nation’s systems and services must be accessible to all.
Regardless of our background, we all deserve to live free from fear and with equal access to the systems and services that enrich our lives.