Women’s Issues

Women’s Issues

Economic and Reproductive Rights

I support the hard fought gains and the yet to be obtained goals of women’s rights and will vote for legislation that advances those goals.

Women’s income remains less than 80% of men’s income. Equal pay must be given for comparable work. That means women not only must be paid the same as men doing the same job, but women working at “traditional” women’s jobs must also be paid the same as men working in “traditional” men’s jobs.

Women are often stuck in poverty because family or educational circumstances force them to work for minimum wage. In fact, women constitute two-thirds of all minimum wage workers. That cycle of poverty can be broken by moving to a livable minimum wage of $15 an hour. Raising the minimum wage will prove much more beneficial to women than to men.

I believe women have the right to control their own bodies. It’s not a right that must be given; it is a right that exists. But progressive legislation is required to protect and guarantee that right. The Title X Family Planning Program enacted in 1970 should be expanded, not gutted, to provide more and better family planning healthcare to women.  Attacks on Planned Parenthood by those who would restrict women’s right to control their own bodies must be rebuffed and turned back. Planned Parenthood provides a variety of essential preventative health care services to women who need them most.

Quality childcare and pre-K education are not just children’s issues. They are women’s issues and must be vigorously supported and well-funded to give working mothers peace of mind.  And those programs must be affordable. Too many working women spend a burdensome amount on childcare, eating into the family budget at the expense of housing, food, health care, and other necessities.

Paid family leave up to 12 weeks should be required of all employers so women who give birth or who stay home to care for sick children and dependents do not lose their jobs.   Women who lose their jobs often start at the bottom wage rung at another job.

I understand that supporting women’s rights produces a healthier society and a stronger economy.  I will support legislation that reflects that understanding.

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