House Republicans recently selected three women to chair prominent committees, and the newly appointed leaders say they are dedicated to encouraging more females to pursue their goals.
In a video celebrating 100 years of women in Congress, interim Committee on the Budget Chair Diane Black of Tennessee, Committee on Education and the Workforce Chair Virginia Foxx of North Carolina and Committee on Ethics Chair Susan Brooks of Indiana said they are hoping the change in administrations will provide “a fresh start and a new generation of women leaders in America.”
The women said there is still work to do, but living in the United States has allowed them to push back against those at the top and fight for what they believe in.
“We will have accomplished a great deal when we don’t say ‘This is the first fill in the blank,'” Foxx said in the clip. “When we don’t really pay attention.”
Brooks said their goal is to break down any barriers that may still exist for future generations.
“We still have a ways to go, but because of democracy that’s made possible,” she said. “It is a great time to really encourage women that they can fulfill their dreams and aspirations and that they can put themselves on a path to becoming a leader.”
Black said she’s seen cases where a females are too timid to assert their valuable opinions.
“Why is it that I see capable women who will back up and not move forward when I can see they really have some of the best ideas,” she said. “We really need to continue push women to say I can do this job.”
Foxx echoed Black’s sentiments, saying it’s their job to encourage others to work toward their ambitions.
“It is out job as women who are trailblazers to mark the path we are taking so that those who come behind us know where the stumbling places are and so we make the path easier for those who come behind us,” she said.
House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers says the group is going to play a pivotal role in policy-making in coming months.
“The American people gave us this moment to think big, to reimagine government, and to return their voice to the center of it,” she said in a statement. “The opportunity we have to advocate and lead on their behalf is truly humbling.”
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