As a country, we have made progress in closing the opportunity gap for women, but there is still work to be done. In order for us to continue this progress, women need a seat at the table. Women's voices should not just be present when discussions take place or policies are being written regarding workplace harassment, pay equity, and reproductive healthcare: women's voices should be leading those discussions.
Mary Gay Scanlon has fought to empower women and girls in the classroom, in the workplace, on the field, and in our democratic process throughout her personal and professional life. Under the Trump Administration, a fully fledged assault on women's rights is taking place and strongest defense we have is ensuring more women are elected to office. In Congress, Mary Gay will continue fighting to ensure that our government doesn't turn the clock back on the progress we've made for women, everywhere. Mary Gay will introduce and support policies including, but not limited to:
Reproductive Health and Insurance
Research shows that when women have control over their reproductive health, they have greater success in both career and life. Access to affordable healthcare in a 21st century economy is non-negotiable. Mary Gay Scanlon will fight to make sure that women's healthcare is no longer a footnote in healthcare policy, but at the forefront.
Mary Gay will fight to require public and private health insurance companies to make birth control, annual pap exams, prenatal and post-natal care affordable. Mary Gay will also work to expand access to maternal healthcare, as women of color and in rural areas are three times more likely to die during childbirth than white women due to inadequate care.
Access to Birth Control
Mary Gay will fight to require health insurers to make birth control affordable and accessible for all women. Research shows that when women business-owners have access to birth control, they have more control over their career trajectory and the growth of their business. Mary Gay will oppose any step to restrict access to abortion care, including standing firm against attempts to defund Planned Parenthood.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention
The Trump administration has defunded without explanation research-based, teen pregnancy prevention programs with proven effectiveness. These programs provide sex education and health information to more than a million teens, with a focus on African American and Hispanic teens and those in rural areas, all of whom have higher pregnancy rates. Mary Gay will support legislation to support teen pregnancy prevention and general sex education programs in public schools.
Workplace Sexual Harassment
Almost every woman in the workplace has experienced harassment, wage discrimination, or other gender-related mistreatment. Mary Gay Scanlon is running for Congress because our mothers, our daughters and our sisters deserve better.
From Hollywood to the halls of Congress, the past few months have shown that our culture needs fixing. Mary Gay knows that no law alone can do that, but it starts with holding our elected officials, including our president, accountable for their own sexual misconduct and silence. In Congress, she will fight so that women are heard, seen and valued.
Equal Pay for Equal Work
Mary Gay has worked on behalf of women fighting for equal pay and, in Congress, will work to eliminate the obstacles facing women to equitable pay and benefits.
For the past 15 years, Mary Gay has been the leader of a national pro bono program that advocated for women, seeking equitable benefits and pay for female athletes, including the U.S. Women's Hockey Team in their strike in 2017 and the U.S. Women's Soccer Team. In Congress, Mary Gay will support legislation to ensure Equal Pay for Equal and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Affordable Child Care & Pre-K
Given the central role that women still often play in child care, the provision of affordable, accessible, quality child care and universal Pre-K are important to both children's development and women's economic opportunity. In order for us to close the wage gap and reduce the cycle of poverty, we need to create pathways to sustainable employment. Reliable, affordable childcare is a pathway to economic independence for women, men and families.
For more information on these policies see the Education and Jobs issue pages.