Whether standing up for equal pay, protecting women's reproductive rights, or encouraging women-owned businesses, Tom Barrett has always been a strong advocate on issues important to women and families.
Throughout Tom's career, he has worked to protect a right to choose and women's access to reproductive health care. Tom firmly believes that equal work should be rewarded with equal pay. He will fight salary discrimination based on gender, and work to ensure that women are treated, and paid, fairly and equally in the workplace. And Tom understands that in order to create jobs and encourage new start-up businesses, Wisconsin needs greater investment and growth in the number of women-owned businesses. Before the recession, women- and minority-owned businesses in Wisconsin grew at a faster rate then the national average; his jobs plan will recapture that trend. To read more about Tom's plan to grow the number of women businesses in our state, please read page 24 of Tom's plan to create Wisconsin jobs.
Tom also is a fierce advocate for bedrock family issues like education and health care. In Congress, he fought for funding for Wisconsin schools, and he lead the charge for SAGE funding to reduce classroom sizes, ensuring kids get more individual attention from teachers. As Milwaukee Mayor, Tom fought for reform to turn around failing schools. He also launched the Youth Summer Jobs Program, placing Milwaukee high school students in the workplace to give young people real world job experience. More than 3,000 Milwaukee teens have participated in the program.
The same holds true for health care. As governor, Tom will continue to support these initiatives like BadgerCare and BadgerCare Plus, and fight to make sure that Wisconsin gets its fair share of federal resources so the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act works for Wisconsin working and middle class families.
Tom has also been a strong leader in the effort to provide health insurance to those that don't qualify for Medicaid and ensuring that all Wisconsin children have access to quality health care.
As Mayor of Milwaukee, Tom has also made women's health a priority by making strides in reducing teen pregnancy and STD rates, committing to maternal and child health, and by launching the Fatherhood Initiative in 2006 to help prevent teen pregnancy and other public health problems.