Protecting and Improving Women's Health
Joe is a strong and unwavering advocate of equality and fairness for women. He believes that a woman should have the final say over her medical affairs.
Planned Parenthood and similar organizations offer services which are indispensable for women, including cancer screenings, disease testing and treatment, and contraception services. We must stop the attacks on those dedicated to providing affordable access to healthcare for women. Joe strongly supports the President's Affordable Care Act, which contains many provisions that benefit women, such as the assured coverage of maternity services and access to free contraception, which are not currently required to be covered by private health insurers. Free and affordable access to contraceptive services reduces the number of unintended pregnancies.
Equality in the Workplace
Joe believes it is striking that we still live in a society where a woman can be paid less than a man for equal work and responsibilities. As a private citizen and an activist, he has supported fair pay legislation in the past, including the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act signed into law by President Obama, which enables women to hold their employers accountable for discrimination.
During these times of economic hardship, it is equally important for women to have access to better jobs in diverse fields. Joe will fight to expand programs which offer training and support to women that will encourage and enable them to move into traditionally male-dominated areas of work.