HOLT HOSTS "D.C. DAY" FOR LEADING NEW JERSEY WOMEN
Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) today hosted more than 30 leading women from across New Jersey for a dialogue with Congressional, executive branch, and non-profit leaders about issues facing American women, including the Family Medical Leave Act, women's health parity, domestic violence, and pay and educational equity.
"I am honored to welcome this group of distinguished women to Washington today," Holt said. "We have made great progress in Congress advocating for issues that affect women, but we still have work to do. I appreciate today's discussion and look forward to hearing from these women again in the future."
Throughout the year, Holt hosts "D.C. Days", bringing representatives of various New Jersey groups to Washington for discussions with policy makers and opinion leaders. Participants heard today from Reps. Diana DeGette, Rosa DeLauro, and Zoe Lofgren; former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder; Juley Fulcher, Executive Director, Break the Cycle of Violence; Jody Calamine, Deputy Director of Labor Policy for the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor; Luisa Blanchfield of the Congressional Research Service; Lisa Maatz, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations for the American Association of University Women; Victoria A. Lipnic, Assistant Secretary for Employment Standards at the Department of Labor; Dr. Kathleen Uhl, Assistant Commissioner for Women's Health at the Food and Drug Administration; and Jen Maurer of RESULTS.
Attending the day-long event were more than 30 leaders from across New Jersey, including representatives from AAUW-Central NJ, Coaching Associates, Crossroads of Health and Wellness, the Latin American Legal Defense Fund, New Horizons Montessori, New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault, New Jersey Natural Gas, Policy and Capacity Building Experts, Princeton University, Raritan Valley Community College, and Womanspace.
"Since coming to Congress, I have fought for women's interests on multiple fronts," Holt said. "Working for fairness in health care coverage, protecting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, supporting equal pay for equal work, and seeking gender equity in schools are some of the many issues affecting women that I continue to fight for here on Capitol Hill."