Women comprise more than half of our population and of our workforce, yet many continue to have second-class status. Despite gains made over the years, there is still a gender gap that needs to be closed. For example, women on average receive only about 80 cents for every dollar paid to male workers. In some sectors, the inequity is even greater. I would support legislation such as the Paycheck Fairness Act to guarantee equal pay for equal work, regardless of gender.
Domestic violence is still a widespread problem. An estimated one in four women are victims of battery at home. More than one million women are physically assaulted by an intimate partner each year in the United States. Such crimes account for the single largest category of calls to police. I would support a more comprehensive version of the Violence Against Women Act than the one backed by my opponent, Rep. Kevin McCarthy. His caucus would limit the scope of protections in the original 1994 federal law.
Women’s privacy rights are also under attack. My opponent led his party to vote against federal funding for reproductive health care. This is not only an attack on women; it’s an attack on families. Government should not dictate what women (or men) can do with their own bodies. Legislators must not interfere with such matters of personal liberty.