As a dedicated advocate for women’s rights, I have long championed policies that would level the playing field for women in America. From the struggle for suffrage to efforts to close the wage gap, women have consistently had to fight for equality. I am proud to support the Democrats’ When Women Succeed, America Succeeds agenda, which prioritizes addressing the most pressing economic issues facing women and minorities in our nation today.
Gender discrimination continues to permeate society, leaving millions of women disenfranchised and without adequate employment opportunities. Over 50 years have passed since the Equal Pay Act was enacted, yet women continue to earn a fraction of what men make. For African American and Latina women, the disparity is even greater. In Congress, I strongly advocate for pay equity and policies that will increase job training and employment opportunities for women, improve workers’ rights through family and maternity leave, and raise the minimum wage. These initiatives are an essential part of ensuring wage and employment equality for women.
A Woman’s Right to Choose
I have been committed to protecting the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade and have proudly maintained a 100 percent pro-choice voting record. I believe that the decision to have an abortion is between a woman and her doctor – not the government. I do not believe that Congress or the courts have a right to place restrictions on a woman’s Constitutionally-protected freedom of choice, and will continue to defend a woman’s right to choose and oppose the passage of anti-choice legislation. Further, we must ensure that those men and women who provide these services are protected from violence and intimidation.
Violence Against Women
According to the World Health Organization, nearly one in three women globally will be beaten, raped, mutilated, or otherwise abused during their lifetimes. Intimate partner violence and other forms of violence against women is a defilement of basic human rights that negatively impacts a woman’s physical, mental and reproductive health. Since my first term in the House of Representatives in 1993, when I co-sponsored the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), I have continued to fight for women’s rights and protection. Girls and women unfortunately remain the targets of violence, intimidation, and trafficking, and I will continue to advocate for policies that combat violence against women and girls in America and across the globe.