When I was elected to Congress, I became the first woman to ever represent Michigan’s 11th District. In Congress, I have worked to defend women’s rights and champion the cause of full equality for women under the law, including legislation to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
We must end the gender pay gap. Nationally, women are paid 80 cents for every $1 a man is paid. In Michigan, women make only 78 cents to every $1 for men. The numbers are even worse for women of color. According to a National Partnership for Women & Families study, black women in Michigan make 63 cents for every $1 a man is paid, and Latina women make only 58 cents. This is unacceptable. As a proud cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, I have been and will always be a strong advocate for equal pay for women.
I am also an ardent supporter of paid family leave. In an economic environment where it can be difficult to make ends meet even as a middle class family, allowing families to care for themselves or a loved one is of paramount importance. Congress must act on passing legislation like the FAMILY Act that puts American families first by guaranteeing paid family leave.
Finally, I support a woman’s right to choose. Federal lawmakers must not be allowed to inject themselves into women’s reproductive matters. I will continue fighting for women’s reproductive freedom and will oppose attempts to defund Planned Parenthood and deny women insurance for birth control. These attacks on women’s rights must stop.