Too many barriers still remain that prevent women and families from fully advancing in our society and participating in our economy. This is not only holding women back, but also our families and economy.
In Congress, I will fight to:
- Paid Family Leave: Too many parents, most often women, are forced to either leave the workforce or make the impossible decision of whether to care for a loved one, or go to work – no one should have to choose between having a family or having a career. Moreover, our economy suffers and is made weaker when parents are forced to exit the workforce to care for children or relatives. Paid family leave would decrease the rate of parents dropping out of the workforce, increase economic productivity, lead to better income wages for parents returning to work, and strengthen American families.
- Equal Pay for Equal Work: There is no question that the gender pay gap is real, and it is even more pronounced among women of color. This is not only a problem for women, but a problem for American families, and for our economy. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, equal pay in the labor market could add upwards of $450 billion in annual income to the U.S. economy. In Congress, I will fight for policies like the Paycheck Fairness Act that give employees more power to rectify pay injustices.
- Prevent Violence Against Women: We must take steps to address domestic partner violence, sexual harassment, sexual discrimination, and sexual assault in our country. These issues have been ignored for far too long, and every level – from the federal government to state governments to the private sector – should take steps to reform sexual harassment policies and promote a culture of change. In Congress, I will speak up for victims of violence or harassment and speak out for change against these issues that been allowed to persist in our country for too long.