NEW YORK (July 2, 2021) – Ms. Foundation for Women President and CEO Teresa C. Younger released the following statement in honor of the 57th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964:
“The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a monumental piece of legislation, safeguarding the inherent rights of all people. But even 57 years after its passage, there is still so much work to do in order to achieve the full liberation and inclusion promised on this day; and the only way to reside under a full democracy is to push for stronger protections under this Act.
“Policy is not matching up with the lived experiences of those in this country. As recent state legislation and judicial rulings threaten civil and human rights (i.e. flagrant attacks on voting rights, laws against transgender youth, restrictions on women’s bodies, and more), we grow further and further from the spirit of this Act and effectively disrespect the work of countless changemakers who sacrificed their futures and lives in the name of catalyzing this law into being.
“The Ms. Foundation for Women remains committed to supporting the movement and movement leaders that are making sure that The Civil Rights Act of 1964 becomes a reality in our lives and finally upheld to its fullest extent.”
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For over 45 years, the Ms. Foundation for Women has worked to build women’s collective power in the U.S. to advance equity and justice for all. The Ms. Foundation invests in, and strengthens the capacity of women led movements to advance meaningful social, cultural, and economic change in the lives of women. With equity and inclusion as the cornerstones of true democracy, the Ms. Foundation works to create a world in which the worth and dignity of every person are valued, and power and possibility are not limited by gender, race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or age.