While we have undoubtedly made great strides in the last 100 years, we must acknowledge that we still have a long way to go to fully realize the dream of equal opportunity for all women. This is particularly true in a state like Michigan, where women continue to make only 72 cents for every dollar that men earn; where our reproductive rights remain under constant attack; and where a ban on affirmative action endangers our access to education, health care, and job training programs. Throughout her tenure in Lansing, Rebekah has used her skills as a women's rights activist and leader to turn this tide in the House, and remains committed to bringing these issues to the fore in our upper chamber.
Throughout the years Washtenaw County has been the exception to the troubling statewide decrease in female leadership, consistently capitalizing on our opportunity to elect strong women leaders who know the process, represent our values, and who at the same time offer a diverse perspective to the debate. As one of just four women in the Michigan Senate, Rebekah is proud to uphold this tradition:
Enforcing pay equity for women and men doing equivalent work.
Advocating for support programs for domestic violence survivors, and advancing legislation to give our young people the tools they need to build healthy relationships.
Promoting support programs for sexual assault survivors and forwarding legislation that would require emergency room staff to inform survivors about emergency contraception, or the "morning-after pill."
Defending affirmative action programs, which help ensure women's access to educational and employment opportunities.
Advancing measures that provide assistance and support to long-term care consumers and family caregivers, both of whom are largely women.
Protecting gender-specific health programs, such as breast, cervical, and prostate cancer screenings, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) testing, breastfeeding promotion, and prenatal smoking cessation.
Working to ensure quality, affordable child care and early education programs so that women are not unnecessarily prohibited from employment.
Championing access to the full range of reproductive health care options.