Making good on the promise of a better future for women
"As a United States Congresswoman, a State Legislator in the Ohio House of Representatives, and as an attorney, I have always stood up for the rights of women and girls. Whether itʼs stronger anti-domestic violence laws, fairness in our health care system, protecting reproductive rights or demanding fairness in the workplace and from corporations, I will always take on the right fight." -- Betty Sutton
Equity in the workplace
It is unconscionable that women still earn just 78 cents to every $1 earned by a man. Betty was a proud co-sponsor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act signed into law by President Obama on January 29, 2009. Lilly Ledbetter finally restored the rights of women to challenge unfair pay. A longtime champion of basic fairness and justice, Betty fought for pay equity legislation in the Ohio State Legislature and represented women subject to sex discrimination in her legal practice.
Fairness in Health Care
For years, Betty has fought to ensure fairness for women in the health care system. In the state legislature, she fought for parity in health coverage by requiring insurance companies to cover Pap smears and mammograms. In the US Congress, she fought to stop health insurance companies from discriminating on the basis of gender and from treating domestic violence as a pre-existing condition. Betty also fought for additional research into postpartum depression, breast cancer and diabetes.
Fighting for Reproductive Rights
As both a member of the Ohio House of Representatives and the US House of Representatives Betty has fought against efforts to undermine a womanʼs right to choose. Betty was honored to receive the "Champions of Choice Leadership Award" in recognition for her commitment to the preservation of womenʼs reproductive rights and the freedom to make personal decisions for themselves.
Fighting for the Women Who Serve Our Country
Betty has fought to ensure that those women who bravely serve our country are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. She fought to expand and improve VA health services to our 1.8 million service women, for the GI Bill to make good on the promise to our soldiers of a four-year education, and she led the fight to pass the Wounded Warrior Assistance Act to provide additional oversight and inspection requirements for veteransʼ hospitals. For her work, the Ohio American Veteranʼs Association named Betty Legislator of the Year.