Rep. Barbara Lee, in her capacity as a U.S. representative to the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, attended meetings Monday at the U.N. headquarters in New York City for the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
President Obama named Lee, D-Oakland, to her U.N. service last September.
In addition to attending several events, Lee took part Monday in a panel sponsored by the Permanent missions of Latvia and Poland to discuss women, the economy, health, and political participation. Here’s an excerpt from her remarks:
“In fact, our last election, in 2013, was hailed as a ‘historic’ year, with more women elected to congressional seats than ever.
“Yet, women in our own country continue to struggle for representation and equality in politics. Shamefully, the US ranks 79th in the word in terms of women representation. Of 535 seats in the United States Congress, 101 are held by women. That is less than 20% even though women compose just over 50% of the U.S. population.
“We know that we’ve made real gains, but the truth is that we are not close to achieving the parity we need. Underrepresentation is even more pronounced for women of color, with them composing less than 6% of Congress.
Read more of Lee’s remarks, after the jump…
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