Until we achieve gender equality in the legislature, we will never achieve gender equality in society.
As a woman who has worked in the male-dominated field of architecture all her life, no one is better suited to go to male-dominated DC and fight for Equal Pay for Equal Work, for Paid Family Leave, and for a Woman’s Right to Choose how, when, if and with whom she is ready and willing to become a mother.
I know first-hand what it feels like to be paid less than a man for doing the same work. When I got out of college in 1983, I was hired at the same time as my friend Steve. I found out a year later that, though I had a masters degree and he had a bachelors, I was was being paid $6/hr; while he was paid $10. 1983 may sound like a long time ago, but in a recent study, women still only earn 81 cents to a man’s dollar. When my daughter graduated from college, she took a job in the service industry, at a time pre-Affordable Care Act. If it weren’t for Planned Parenthood, she would not have had any affordable health care options.
These last elections were a blow to women of all ages, but stories of girls & young women crying when hope of seeing our first female president was lost, just tore at my heart. And now, the current administration seems determined to roll back history to a time when women had no access to affordable health care, no ability to choose when or if they should become mothers, and therefore no ability to be treated equal to men in the workplace. Today, the number of women in Congress has declined to 19%, less than 1 in 5. We need more women in Congress to stand up and fight for half of the population of America who are seeing their rights being taken away day by day. As a female candidate running in a male dominated field, I am and will continue to stand up for girls and women everywhere, to let them know we deserve a place at the table.
When I get to Washington, I will:
- Work to close the pay gap. We should promote pay transparency, and work to pass the fight the Paycheck Fairness Act.
- Protect women’s health & reproductive rights. I will fight for also for federal policies that place women’s health, including maternal and reproductive health as a top legislative and fiscal priority.
- Stand strong for Planned Parenthood. I will always defend the essential health and reproductive care that Planned Parenthood provides for women, and defend access to safe and legal abortion.
- Fight for Medicare-for-all, so that all women will have access to free healthcare, including maternal and reproductive care.
- Fight for Paid Family Leave. No one should have to choose between keeping their job or caring for their newborn baby or sick family member.
- Make quality affordable child care a reality.
- Confront violence against women. One in 5 women are sexually assaulted in college. 22% of women experience severe physical violence by their partner in their lifetime. American women ae 11 time more likely to be murdered with guns than women in other high-income countries. It’s time to address violence against women in a substantive way.
- Join the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, and work with other “Nasty Women” to fight for these issues and more!