Equal Rights for Women

A culture of toxic masculinity has held women and girls back for long enough. It’s time to work towards real equality with laws that require equal pay for equal work, protect against workplace harassment, and affirm a woman’s right to choose.

What we are facing:

The Equal Rights Amendment seeks to place gender equality inside the Constitution, but until it is ratified, Congress must fill in every gap.

Where I stand:

I support the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act. the Violence Against Women Act and Reproductive Choice. Women should have simple, informed, and affordable access to the full range of modern contraceptives, including emergency contraception. I believe that reproductive choice is a universal human right.

Affordable, reliable, and safe contraception has been a stunning public health success, reducing maternal and infant injury and death from high-risk pregnancies, unsafe abortions, and medical treatments that would otherwise be unnecessary. I strongly support the Affordable Care Act’s requirement for private health insurers to cover contraception as part of every insurance plan on the exchange.

Why we need change:

My opponent voted no on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. In addition, the Trump Administration’s effort to allow more employers and insurers to restrict contraceptive coverage under the guise of religious objection discriminates against women and endangers their health. As a U.S. Representative, I will work to reverse the Trump Administration’s efforts by protecting and expanding contraceptive coverage under the ACA. I will also support the expansion of contraceptive coverage for low-income women through traditional Medicaid, which is implemented unevenly among the states.