Throughout our history, women have too often been disparaged and discriminated against on the basis of sex. I will fight to ensure women are treated fairly and equally regarding access to health, education, employment, and economic opportunities.
I will protect federal programs that provide basic health care services to women. I know firsthand how difficult it is to continue a pregnancy when your life is at risk. I decided to continue my pregnancy-but that was my choice I made with my doctor and my church. Politicians and government officials should not be allowed to interfere in deeply personal and difficult medical decisions that are best left to a woman and her physician.
Violence Against Women Act
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was enacted to protect people from some of the most egregious abuses facing our society, including sexual assault and domestic violence. Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate failed to reauthorize VAWA, putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk. Congress must reauthorize VAWA so that all people receive enhanced protection of the law, and can benefit from VAWA’s community-based programs that provide critical support to victims of sexual and domestic violence.
Equal Pay for Equal Work
Kansas women are the backbones of many of our families. Yet they are paid $0.77 by their employers for every dollar earned by their male counterparts. Women of color are paid even less, even though female employees consistently perform the exact same work as male employees. This must change. Pay equality is a critical part of societal reform, and I will work hard to ensure that every woman is paid fairly and equally for their contributions to their families, and our economy.