If I am elected to Congress, I will work to increase access to health care, strengthen legal and civil protections, and fight for equal opportunities in the classroom as well as the workplace. In January of 2009 after 11 years, the Democrats passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which provides a remedy for women and men who have been victims of pay discrimination. I commend President Obama for signing it into law on his very first day in office but much is left to be done. It is unconscionable that in 2012 women still earn 77 cents to every dollar earned by a man. I vow to continue the fight to pass the Pay Check Fairness Act.
Recently, I stood up for all women and urged the Senate and House Republicans to pass a Violence Against Women Act that protected all women. Rather, Speaker Boehner chose a bill that picks and chooses where a women can be abused--It is shameful. The House Republicans have turned something as bipartisan and effective in terms of reducing violence against women as the VAWA into a political weapon in order to satisfy extremists in their own party.
Lastly, I believe women should have the right to choose when it comes to issues of reproductive health. This includes access to contraceptives as well as the right to choose to have an abortion.