Three U.S. congresswomen took the stage in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Saturday, applauding those who had gathered for the Women's March on Philadelphia and calling them to action to do even more.
Hundreds of women marched along Benjamin Franklin Parkway Saturday, as they did three years ago in Philadelphia, in Washington and across the globe.
"Three years ago, women right here in the birthplace of our nation and everywhere around the country and around the world took to the streets to demand equality, opportunity, justice and demand to be heard," she said. "We march forward because we refuse to go back. And, we never stopped. We marched and we run.”
U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-4 of Montgomery County, Pa., highlighted what change can occur over time and with action.
"From having no women in Congress to having four women in Congress," she said to rousing applause. And it's not just here. In our Congress ,we have more women and greater diversity than ever before in the history of this country and it makes a difference in what we do and how we speak to each other and what we argue passionately for.”
She spoke of the passage in the U.S. House of the Paycheck Fairness Act, the expansion of parental leave, gun violence bills, such as the bill for background checks, and the Equal Rights Amendment, as well as the impeachment articles against President Donald Trump.
Even with more than 400 bills having passed the House, Scanlon reminded the crowds work needs to continue, especially with the U.S. Senate failing to consider 278 bipartisan bills that she said sit on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's desk.
"Obviously, our work is not done," Scanlon said. "Your work is not done ... we still have work to do, we still have to work on the Senate.”
She urged women to pay attention and get involved, particularly in the coming year.
"2020 is going to be a critical year for our democracy," Scanlon said. "A hundred years ago women led the way to form a more perfect union. We organized to win the right to vote. I can think of no better way to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of women’s suffrage than by having women lead the way to reclaim our government. So, everybody, keep marching, keep running, keep organizing and registering and fighting, and most of all keep voting.”
U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-6 of Chester County, recalled boarding a bus with family and friends three years ago to travel to Washington for the largest single day protest in the United States history.