When our nation was founded, I would not have been able to vote or serve in Congress because I'm a woman. In the years since our founding, we've come a long way toward ensuring equality for all Americans, regardless of their sex or gender. However, true and lasting equality remains elusive. Women are still paid less for doing the same job as men; women-owned businesses have reduced access to capital. The Equal Rights Amendment has still not been enshrined in the Constitution and politicians are still trying to tell women what healthcare they can and cannot receive. This is wrong.
As Congress continues working to ensure equal rights and protections for women, my priorities are:
- Keeping politicians out of the doctor's office so women can make the best healthcare decisions for themselves and their families,
- Repealing the discriminatory Hyde Amendment,
- Increasing resources and services for domestic violence survivors, including reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA),
- Expanding access to capital for women-owned businesses,
- Ensuring a fair day's work received a fair and equal day's pay, and
- Inspiring young women to reach for the stars through STEM careers.