Women's Rights and Equal Pay
All our citizens deserve equal treatment in employment and wages. Our Nation was founded on the concept of Equality. It is shameful that in 2016 women average $0.79 for every dollar earned by their male coworkers.
Whether systemic, by design or by accident, the disparity hits our mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters where it hurts the worst; in their ability to provide for themselves and their families. Regardless of income, education, or race women are left with less money at the end of the month than their male coworkers. This income disparity increases with women of color and with mothers in the work-force.
This inequality can only be addressed with real leadership in Washington, not politicians who chose to put their heads in the sand and ignore the gender pay gap. Additionally, and as important, is to ensure that women have the right to privacy and have full access and ability to make medical decisions for themselves. Women should not have to continue to beg for basic human rights and dignity.
Equal Rights for the LGBTQ Community
The most important policy is that everyone should be treated equally and with respect. No person should be discriminated against based on sex, gender, or orientation. All members of our society should be guaranteed equal rights. Given the continued reprehensible discrimination and violence against the LGBTQ community, it is absolutely essential and appropriate to institute protections from discrimination and violence for the LGBTQ community.