Gender inequality affects women and girls everywhere. The social, political, economic, and legal disadvantages we face are the direct results of the patriarchal society in which we live. We need to close the gender wage gap because women should earn what they deserve. We need to expand our understanding of family leave because women and men should have the freedom they need to raise kids and care for sick loved ones. We need to keep women safe from gender-based violence because too many women have already been hurt or killed either from an intimate partner or because of their gender. We need to protect reproductive freedom because the right to make decisions about one’s health care saves women’s lives.
I’ve worked hard to succeed in what is still a man’s world, and I’m committed to changing our culture and our laws so the next generation of women can rise even higher. During my first term in Congress, I’ve taken numerous steps to protect the rights and dignity of women everywhere:
· I cosponsored and helped pass H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, to reduce the gender pay gap.
· I cosponsored and helped pass H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, to address gender-based violence and better provide women with justice.
· I cosponsored H.J.Res. 35 and H.J.Res. 38 to add an Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
· I cosponsored H.R. 1729, the EACH Woman Act, to ensure women who rely on federal healthcare programs have access to abortion services.
· I cosponsored H.R. 2975, the Women’s Health Protection Act, to protect healthcare providers from unnecessary restrictions—such as waiting periods, admitting privilege requirements, and ultrasound requirements—that deny women access to reproductive health services.
· I cosponsored H.R. 1055, the Global HER Act, to permanently repeal Global Gag Rule, which bans NGOs that receive U.S. funding from using their resources to provide abortion services.
The world is changing. Women across the globe are breaking gender norms, taking charge of their lives, and empowering each other. I’m proud to be a member of the historically diverse 116th Congress, which has 104 female House members and 21 female Senators.
We will break the glass ceiling.