Democratic leadership rolled into Seneca Falls with the “Women on a Roll” bus tour, and one simple message. “When women succeed, American succeeds” was a common refrain at the rally.
“It’s really a very special place,” said Democratic Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, referring to Seneca Falls. “And what better place to launch a continuation of the work of the suffragettes than here at Seneca Falls.”
At the old Seneca Knitting Mill, future home of the Center for Great Women, House Democratic women kicked off their “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds” bus tour. “[The phrase] was something Nancy Pelosi took from her induction, acceptance speech,” said Judie Pipher, who is on the Board of Directors of the National Women’s Hall of Fame. “So it’s particularly significant to us.”
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Representative Louise Slaughter of Rochester, and Congressional candidate Martha Robertson all spoke at the rally. Robertson didn’t miss a chance to hit her opponent, Congressman Tom Reed, on his record.
“This very congressional district is currently represented by a Congressman who voted against pay equity for women,” said Robertson, to a chorus of boos. “This Congressman has voted against raising the minimum wage.”
Congressman Reed’s campaign responded through campaign spokeswoman Katherine Pudwill, saying, “Martha Roberson has blindly supported the policies of Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi, but as usual, she has no opinion on the damaging effects of those policies and that just isn't fair. Martha Robertson would hand a blank check to extreme California liberal, Nancy Pelosi, and continue her trend of increased spending and higher taxes on hardworking families in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes.”
The rally focused on women’s issues, including fair pay, the FAMILY Act, and the Healthy Families Act. Pelosi says women can make sure those bills become law, by heading to the polls.
“Women vote, women succeed, America succeeds,” said Pelosi. “And that’s what this is, is to say to women, you can make the difference in your lives by voting.”