Updated: Apr 15, 2021
Women are paid 81 cents for every dollar made by a man. Black women are paid 65 cents for every dollar made by a man and Latinas are paid 61 cents for every dollar made by a man. Gender inequity is a real problem that needs to be addressed to improve our economy, health care system, and overall society.
I will join the fight and achieve pay equity for women. I will work with Congress to aggressively protect reproductive rights and enact policies to reduce maternal mortality.
“Women need an advocate to stand with them, not for them!”
Illinois passed the Equal Pay Act in 2003 and although it can use some updating, this is progress. We cannot stop fighting until it is illegal on a federal level to pay women less than their male counterparts.
America is one of the few countries that has seen a rise in maternal mortality in the last 25 years. For Black mothers, the rate of maternal mortality is 3 to 4 times higher than the national averages. Racism, the decay of our healthcare system, and gender inequity are the major factors of increased maternal mortality rates.
Women have a right to comprehensive healthcare and reproductive services. There is no place in our society to tell someone what they can or cannot do with their body. We must codify Roe vs. Wade and make the right to abortion a federal law. If elected to Congress I will join the vote to repeal The Hyde Amendment.