Amata Commemorates Women’s History Month and Honors Women of American Samoa
Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata wishes everyone a happy Women’s History Month, and International Women’s Day (March 8), and pays tribute to all the women of American Samoa with the following statement:
“With the start of Women’s History Month, I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation to all the women of American Samoa who came before us. I am mindful of the fact that I would not be a walking the halls in Washington representing our islands as a Congresswoman if it were not for the tireless efforts and sacrifices of our female ancestors. I, and all of us, stand on their shoulders.
Fano Solinuu Shimasaki was the first woman in the Senate in the Fono
“From Taemā and Tilafaigā, to the women of today who have achieved and are excelling in leadership positions in government, church, families and villages, Samoan women have always been indispensable to the success and perpetuation of our culture. It was our mothers who taught us the value of respect, whose smiles never failed to pick up our spirits on a tough day. Without our Samoan women, there would be no Samoa.
Uifa’atali Mabel Coleman Reid was the first woman elected to the Fono in the House
“Today, there are more women in Congress than ever before at any time in U.S. history, more than one-fourth of all the seats in Congress, especially an increase in Republican women this year and a increase in Democratic women the time before. For as long as I am in Congress, my work will include empowering our Samoan women in every aspect of their lives. Federal grants for healthcare, childcare, education, and small businesses help all women and their families, and it is one of my top priorities to ensure these selective federal grants can go to American Samoa.
“While the women of American Samoa deserve so much more than a month of commemoration, we should nevertheless take the commencement of this new month to reflect and show our appreciation to all of them for what they have done and are doing in our lives, and offer our respect to those who have passed on the legacy of Samoa. After all, history tells us ‘na au le ina’ilau a tinā.’”