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NAACP Statement on the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act

Washington, D.C. -- On September 13, 1994, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was signed into law, forging a national commitment to keep every American safe. At a time when many considered domestic abuse to be a private family matter and victims were left to suffer in silence, this law enshrined a simple promise: every American should be able to pursue a measure of happiness free from the fear of harm.

From Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO:

"Since it was first enacted in 1994 with strong NAACP support, the Violence Against Women Act has helped thousands of survivors of domestic violence and

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Boxer Statement on President Obama’s Plan to Combat ISIS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) issued the following statement today on President Obama's speech outlining his plan to combat ISIS:

"Tonight, the President showed what a real leader is-a President who understands the threats we face and that America must not face those threats alone.

"ISIS is a threat to the world and that is why I am so proud that President Obama has put together a broad-based coalition so that civilized nations can work together to degrade and defeat these terrorists.

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Boxer Remarks on Paycheck Fairness Act

Today, Republicans Once Again Blocked Legislation to Ensure Equal Pay for Equal Work
- Average American Woman Will Lose More Than $11,000 Annually Because of the Wage Gap -

Washington, D.C. - Just before Senate Republicans voted once again to block legislation to ensure equal pay for equal work, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) spoke on the Senate floor in support of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would help close the wage gap between women and men that costs women working full-time an average of $11,000 every year and more than $400,000 over the course of their careers.

"We all know what this vote is about. It's very simple. It's about women in America having the same opportunity for success as their male counterparts. No one should be paid less just for being a woman," Senator Boxer said, urging Republicans to allow the Senate to move forward on the bill.

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