equality for women is good for everyone.
We have come a long way in our fight for equal rights, but we have more work to do in getting fair wages, rights to our own bodies, and justice for crimes committed against us. Women are our mothers, sisters, daughters, as well as human beings who make up half the population of humanity and we deserve our rights!
Women are the highest demographic of college graduates but they still don't earn 100% of a man's dollar, and the gender pay gap is the worst for Black, Latina, and Native women and only widens with age. Women carry a majority of student loan debt and enter a workforce where they are not paid fairly, are more likely to be passed on for raises, promotions, and leadership positions and are more likely to face retaliation for taking maternity leave, staying home to care for their sick child, or needing personal time.
Our healthcare is our choice! Women must be trusted with their own medical decisions and never judged for their family planning choices. The attacks against Planned Parenthood are a stain on our country and I am proud to stand firm, as a woman and a healthcare provider, against defunding or shutting down a single clinic and ending the stigma over women's rights to choose what is best for them.
Violence against women is still too common in our society and abusers are not facing the consequences they deserve. One in four women will be victims of severe physical violence in their lifetime. One in five women will be raped in their lifetime. Too often we are still seeing abusers get away with minimum sentences, no jail time, and too many women are trapped in toxic domestic situations because they do not have the economic or legal resources to leave. We need to get these resources into communities along with resources like anger management counseling to help offenders and end the cycle of abuse.
What We Can achieve...
- Equal pay for equal work. Period.
- Protect & expand funding for Planned Parenthood so every woman has access to vital preventative care and family planning.
- Get women the resources they need to leave abusive domestic situations & push for real justice against violent offenders.
- Put more women in positions of leadership and elected offices.