Women’s Rights

I would only speak for women when they are not in the room, and I will make damned certain that they are in the room!

I WILL FIGHT…

  • TO PASS THE EQUAL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.

There are 15 states that have not yet ratified the Equal Rights Amendment: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia and UTAH. The Equal Rights Ammedment to the Constitution becomes law when it is approved by TWO MORE STATES! Utah needs to be one of these states!

  • FOR PAY EQUITY FOR WOMEN.

It is a national disgrace that women only earn 79 cents for every dollar a man earns. The gender pay gap is even worse for women of color. Today, African American women earn just 64 cents for every dollar a white male earns, while the figure for Hispanic women is just 54 cents. I support the Paycheck Fairness Act to end wage discrimination based on gender.

  • TO EXPAND AND PROTECT THE REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS OF WOMEN.

I will fight to expand, not cut, funding for Planned Parenthood, the Title X family planning program, and other initiatives that protect women’s health, access to contraception, and the availability of a safe and legal abortion.

  • FOR SUPREME COURT JUSTICES WHO SUPPORT ROW v. WADE.

I stand Supreme Court justices who understand that Roe v. Wade is the law of the land and recognize the rights of women to have access to family planning services.

  • TO MAKE QUALITY CHILDCARE AND PRE-K CARE AVAILABLE TO ALL AMERICANS.

I support making high-quality childcare and Pre-K available to every American, regardless of income. It is unacceptable that the cost of a quality childcare program is out of reach for millions of Americans.

  • TO RAISE THE TIPPED MINIMUM WAGE TO $15.

The federal tipped minimum wage of just $2.13 an hour hasn’t been raised since 1991. More than two-thirds of tipped workers are women. Increasing the tipped minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023 would lift millions of women out of poverty and significantly reduce the gender pay gap.

  • TO PROVIDE AT LEAST 12 WEEKS OF PAID FAMILY LEAVE, 2 WEEKS OF PAID VACATION, AND ONE WEEK OF SICK DAYS TO AMERICAN WORKERS.

I stand for ending the global embarrassment of the United States being the only major country on earth that does not guarantee paid leave to workers. The Republicans talk a lot about “family values.” Well, it is not a family value to force the mother of a newborn baby to go back to work a few days after she gives birth, because she doesn’t have the money to stay home and bond with her baby. That is not a family value. That is an insult to everything that we know a family is about. Sen. Sanders would require employers to provide at least 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave. At a time when over 65 percent of women work more than 40 hours a week, we must require employers to provide at least two weeks of paid vacation. And, we must require employers to provide at least one week of paid sick leave so that women can stay home to take care of a sick child, among other things.

  • TO EXPAND THE WIC PROGRAM FOR PREGNANT MOTHERS AND INFANTS.

I support any effort in the Senate against Republican attempts to cut the WIC program that provides nutrition assistance to pregnant mothers, women, and infants. I will fight to substantially increase funding for this program so that every low-income mother and her children receive the nutrition they need to live healthy lives.

  • TO MAKE HEALTHCARE A RIGHT.

I will fight for a Medicare for All single-payer healthcare system to make healthcare a right for all Americans. If the United States joined every major country on earth and enacted a universal healthcare program, women would benefit the most. Today, women have much higher healthcare expenses than men and pay a greater portion of their healthcare costs out of their own pockets. Women make up two-thirds of the low-wage workforce and only about 23 percent of low-wage jobs provide health insurance. It is time for a Medicare for All single-payer healthcare system.

  • TO EXPAND SOCIAL SECURITY.

I will fight to expand Social Security benefits; increase cost-of-living-adjustments to keep up with rising medical and prescription drug costs, and expand the minimum Social Security benefit lifting seniors of poverty. Women will benefit the most by expanding Social Security. More than twice as many elderly women lived in poverty than men in 2013. Without Social Security, nearly half of all elderly women would be living in poverty.