Women’s Issues

Women’s Issues

Economic and Reproductive Rights

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

Women earn 80 cents for every dollar a man earns. It’s time for equal pay for equal work.

And it’s time for women to get a raise. Women are too 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 living wage of $15 per hour.

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 to provide more and better family planning health care to women.  Attacks on Planned Parenthood by those who would restrict women’s right to control their own bodies must be rebuffed. Planned Parenthood provides a variety of essential preventative health care services to women who need them most.

Quality child care 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 child care, eating into the family budget at the expense of housing, food, health care and other necessities.

I also fully support the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, which provides 12 weeks of partial paid leave for men and women to care for newborns, sick children and dependents.

Supporting women’s rights produces a healthier society and a stronger economy. It just makes sense.

If my vision reflects your vision, won’t you please volunteer for or contribute to our campaign? Working together, our vision can become reality.