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The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday its endorsement of Democrat Kathleen Rice in her bid against Republican Bruce Blakeman for New York’s 4th Congressional District.
In a news release, the Washington D.C.-based group of some 500,000 national members said it selected Rice because they consider her to be a “champion of women’s economic priorities.”
“Rice is uniquely prepared to act upon issues that are holding women and workers back economically,” said Margot Dorfman, the group’s chief executive officer. “Her experience as a legal advocate and prosecutor has given her unique insights into what it takes to level the playing field for women, consumers and workers.”
The group, which was formed in 2001 and is not affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, made their announcement on “Women’s Equality Day,” a date designated by Congress in 1971 to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.
“Today may be Women’s Equality Day in America, but women are not treated equally in America today,” Rice said in a news release . “We get paid less for equal work. We represent an equal share of the workforce, but we’re over-represented in the low-wage workforce. We own one-third of all businesses, but we receive less than five percent of federal contracts. We have a right to contraceptive access, but the the Supreme Court says this right should take a back seat to our bosses’ personal beliefs. We represent less than twenty percent of congress and have an even smaller share of corporate boardrooms across the country. Ninety-four years ago today, we won the right to vote. But our progress is far from complete."
Rice, who serves as Nassau District Attorney, is running against Blakeman, a former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature, for the seat being vacated by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola).