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Women's Rights and Opportunity 

Women’s rights are human rights. Even with the progress that has been made expanding opportunity for women, there is still so much work to be done.

I will be a champion in Congress for removing the barriers women still face in advancing in our society, from the fight for gender equality to combating violence against women.

  • Ensure equal pay for equal work: It is outrageous that in the 21st Century women still make much less than their male counterparts for comparable work. And the pay gap is even wider for women of color. In Congress, I will support passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would make it easier for employees to discover and seek redress for unequal pay, and bolster the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s investigative resources to root out pay discrimination.

  • Enact paid family leave and expand childcare programs: You shouldn’t have to choose between having a family and having a career. Paid family leave would allow you to take time off when you have or adopt a new child, when you or a family member gets sick, or when a member of your family is deployed in the military--and then come back to work afterward. Helping to make child care affordable for working families would enable more working moms to continue to work full-time.

  • Stand with Planned Parenthood: Planned Parenthood provides lifesaving access to preventative care, including cancer screenings, for millions of women and men, many of whom are low-income and would have no other way to see a doctor. I will fight against any effort to defund Planned Parenthood.

  • Fight attacks on women’s reproductive health and freedom: I will stand up for the rights of women to make their own healthcare choices about their bodies. Those deeply personal decisions should involve a woman, her family, her beliefs, and her doctor, free from any government interference. I will also fight efforts to restrict access to contraception and family planning services that have helped reduce the rate of abortion and teen pregnancy.

  • End violence against women: Too many women in our country have experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault, and domestic violence.  The federal government must work to ensure victims of such incidents are provided with access to support services, including counseling and healthcare. I will resist efforts to dismantle Title IX protections for victims of sexual assault on campuses across the nation-- we need to reinforce and expand sexual violence prevention programs in our schools, not roll back protections. In Congress, I will continue to listen to and fight for victims. I will speak out against harassment, assault, and gender-based violence in all its forms.

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