Statement by NOW President Christian F. Nunes
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On this Bill of Rights Day, I want to commemorate the fundamental principles that underpin our democracy. This day serves as a reminder of the freedoms and protections enshrined in our Constitution, and a call to action to ensure that these rights are accessible and meaningful for all.
The Bill of Rights is a testament to the values upon which our nation was founded – values of liberty, justice, and equality. However, while we acknowledge the progress we have made as a nation, it is crucial to recognize that these rights have not been fully realized by all Americans, particularly when it comes to the lived experiences of women and marginalized communities.
Intersectionality is the lens through which we must view the Bill of Rights. It reminds us that our identities and experiences are multifaceted, shaped by the intersections of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, disability, and more. This means we must recognize that the fight for women’s rights cannot be disentangled from the broader struggle for social justice.
Women, particularly women of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with disabilities, continue to face systemic barriers that limit their access to these fundamental rights. We must address disparities in areas such as healthcare, education, economic opportunity, and criminal justice, ensuring that all individuals can fully exercise their constitutional rights.
I know NOW members remain dedicated to dismantling the structural inequalities that persist in our society and advancing policies that protect and empower all individuals, regardless of their background or identity. On this Bill of Rights Day, let us recommit ourselves to the values of inclusivity, respect, and fairness, and work tirelessly to create a more just and equitable future for all.
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