America has made significant advances in the equal treatment of women since the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920 that gave women the right to vote. Many women now serve as medical and legal professionals, senior corporate executives, and government leaders. More women are now enrolled in higher education than ever before. However, the disparity between men and women and the lack of women in the CEO ranks, corporate Fortune 500 boardrooms, and senior government levels are still quite striking. Great progresses have been made, but we are not there yet.
As a father of three daughters, I’m committed to continuing to fight hard for our mothers, our wives, and our daughters to make sure they are given the same opportunities to succeed. This is one of the many reasons I’ve been a strong supporter of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that helps women fight back against pay discrimination.
Additionally, I am committed to:
Ensuring equal pay between men and women doing the same work.
Ending health insurance discrimination charging women more than men for the same coverage.
Promoting women’s preventative healthcare including lifesaving breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings, mammograms without co-pays or deductibles.
Expanding access to health care to all women, funding organizations that provide preventative healthcare, education and birth control options to women, thus reducing the number of abortions.
Increasing more government and military job opportunities available to women.
Protecting women’s’ fundamental rights of privacy, especially those related to violence, sexual assault and harassment against women – and supporting the Violence Against Women Act.
Advocating for the Campus Save Act that enhances reporting of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campus, boosting safety measures for students and holding perpetrators accountable
Supporting the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.