100 Reasons, Day #94 -- Equal Rights for Women Create Flourishing Societies
Continuing with the theme of discrimination, women have come a long way since the Women's Suffrage Movement. However, we have a ways to go in some areas of inequality -- like equal pay for equal for work and adequate protections against domestic violence in which women are overwhelmingly the victims. Women are also the target of gender discrimination in relation to health care or opportunities for leadership roles in the corporate sector and large not-for-profit organizations. Leadership roles like serving in state legislatures or the US Congress where despite progress, women remain woefully underrepresented. Leadership roles such as judges in higher courts, governorships and yes, as the President of the United States. Across the world, history has proven that when women have equal rights and a path to leadership, whole societies flourish.
A vote for me will keep women moving towards equality in two ways: it will help address the persistent under-representation of women in Congress even in the 21st century and it adds another woman who stands with issues important to other women. George Holding has consistently voted against legislation that supports women's rights including Equal Pay for Equal Work, the Violence Against Women Act, and consistently voted for efforts to repeal the Affordable Care which contains specific provisions for protecting women's health. It is unacceptable that George Holding has ignored the needs of over half of District 13 constituents. I will right that wrong, making sure everyone has an advocate in Congress.
100 Stories, Day #94 -- Victims of Domestic Violence Need an Advocate
While I was talking to a Wayne County voter last week about women's issues, she shared that years ago she herself was the victim of domestic abuse and I could still detect a remnant of pain in her eyes. The good news is that she had gone on to make a great life for herself with a husband who would never hurt her and the son they brought into the world. Unfortunately, some victims of domestic abuse never get a second chance so it is important they have a true advocate like Brenda Cleary in Congress especially since so many women in our state and throughout our nation are plagued by domestic violence every day.