I am a strong advocate for women's rights. I am 100% pro-choice, and will fight for broad access to contraception and women's health programs. Providing access to mammograms and other preventive medicine for low-income women not only supports families and communities, but also saves money in the long term. I am a committed supporter of pay equity, and will support legislation that helps women get the pay they deserve for their work.
Over the course of my time in the Senate, I have worked hard to fight domestic violence and sexual assault and support the victims that need our help. I worked with Attorney General Lisa Madigan to make Illinois the first state in the country to mandate the testing of rape kits within 10 days of submission so that survivors of sexual assault can build their case in court. I strengthened Illinois' stalking laws by increasing penalties for Internet stalkers. I also passed legislation that makes it easier for law enforcement to catch child predators over the internet. I will always continue the fight to prevent crimes, keep families safe and help victims rebuild their lives.