Bordallo Highlights Women Empowerment at APAICS Policy Summit
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-Guam) addressed the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) Policy Summit, opening a panel on “Women Claiming Their Power.” Congresswoman Bordallo highlighted the importance of women leadership in all sectors of society.
“When we as women decide to claim our power- by raising our voice, by raising the voices of the women around us, and by seizing opportunities when they present themselves – we can truly accomplish great things.
“As we’ve seen this year, more women are running for Governorships and Congressional seats than ever before. More women are earning college degrees than men, and more women are launching businesses than men. Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women in particular own over 30 thousand businesses, and those businesses brought in over $2 billion in revenue last year.
“When I was elected to the Guam Legislature in 1981, I was Guam’s first woman Democratic Senator. When I was elected as Lieutenant Governor of Guam in 1994, I was Guam’s first woman Lieutenant Governor. And when I was elected as Guam’s Delegate to the House of Representatives in 2003, I was Guam’s first woman representative in Congress.
“Hopefully in the near future we will no longer have to recognize the first woman President, the first woman vice president, or the first woman anything else – because it will just be normal to have women in all positions of power at all levels of society.”