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Gender Equity

“Women’s rights are human rights, and human rights are women’s rights.” (Hillary Clinton)

230 years after being ignored in the U.S. Constitution, 100 years after gaining the right to vote, 60 years after the Civil Rights Act outlawed sex discrimination in the workplace, and 50 years after Roe v. Wade put an end to back-alley abortions, women are still fighting for basic rights such as bodily autonomy and equal pay. 

In addition to legal and legislative inequities, women face myriad societal inequities as well. In many instances, an unequal share of the child-raising, household tasks, and care-giving responsibilities still fall to women.

Further, no discussion of gender equity is complete without addressing the critical need for a comprehensive approach to ensuring legal and civil rights for those in the LGBTQ community. 

I will champion federal legislation that:

  • Permits the final passage of the Equal Rights Amendment
  • Legally enshrines reproductive rights 
  • Expands access to contraceptives
  • Promotes greater enforcement of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
  • Expands the definition of the term “sex” in federal legislation such as Title VII (prohibiting workplace discrimination) to include gender and gender identity.
  • Guarantees the rights of transgender Americans to serve in the military and all federal agencies.
  • Provides paid parental leave 
  • Expands access to affordable childcare options, universal Pre-K, and after-school programs
 
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