"I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We've been taught that silence would save us, but it won't." -Audre Lorde
No woman should live in fear or silence in our society. Yet these rights have come under attack time and time again in recent years, from opponents who do not understand that women have always been strong and resilient in the face of oppression. Let’s end this injustice together.
Women are paid 81 cents to a man’s dollar. Black women are paid 65 cents to a man’s dollar and Latinx women are paid even less at 61 cents. We must establish once and for all that women deserve equal pay for equal work. New York passed a pay equity law only a few months ago. That’s progress, but it’s long overdue. We cannot stop fighting until it is illegal—on a federal level—to pay women less than their male counterparts. We must end this national embarrassment.
Abortion is healthcare. The Hyde Amendment has prevented millions of people from accessing legal abortion care for decades. In Congress, I will join in the votes to repeal the Hyde Amendment so that all people - whether they have government healthcare or not - will have access to abortion services. Under the Medicare for All plan I support, abortion will be made available to anyone who needs it.
Around 700 women die from pregnancy or delivery complications. That number is too high. America is one 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 average. The decay of our healthcare system, coupled with institutional racism, has contributed to this growing crisis. We need to pass Medicare-for-All and reorient our healthcare system to have a more holistic approach to pregnancy and other medical conditions, instead of incentivizing reimbursements for certain procedures. In Congress I plan to join the Black Maternal Health Caucus to ensure this issue is being addressed as the crises it has become.
Women have a right to comprehensive healthcare and reproductive services. Planned Parenthood is, and has always been, an outstanding provider. An attack on Planned Parenthood is an attack on us all. When I am elected, I will use the full force of my office to defend Planned Parenthood and ensure it has funding for years to come.
There is no place in our society to tell someone what they can or cannot do with their body, to roll back constitutional rights and protections, or to defy established rulings like Roe v. Wade by attempting illegal restrictions on abortion. We must codify Roe and make the right to abortion a federal law. Our current Congress has the most women in history, yet men still make up more than three-fourths. A Congress of men has no place governing the bodies of women.
I will keep fighting until our laws recognize the intrinsic rights of every woman of every color, sex, orientation, and status. I do not stand for women in demanding these rights. I stand with women.