April 10 is Equal Pay Day!

April 10 is Equal Pay Day!

This date represents how far into 2018 a White woman must work to make as much as a White man did in 2017. The wage disparity is even worse for Black women who earn 65 cents and Hispanic women who earn 58 cents for every dollar earned by a White man. Not only do women get paid less, they also pay more for everything else – sales tax on hygiene supplies as well as inflated prices for deodorant, razors, and other personal grooming supplies. Women face inequality in health care as well.

We must fight to preserve Planned Parenthood, which provides comprehensive services for women’s health, such as annual exams, screening for sexually-transmitted diseases, holistic health education, and many other critical needs. It is immoral for the government to cut funding for such important care. We must provide better services for women’s health – as well as that of men. We need

  • Fair and equitable wages for all women
  • More family-friendly paid leave that not only allows parents to bond with a new baby, but give mother time to properly heal and recover after childbirth
  • More resources for health education – such as the unique symptoms of heart attack in women or information and support on breastfeeding
  • To provide preventative care that is also convenient, such as mobile mammogram and health care units

We must care for women – our mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, friends, and neighbors – who are the heartbeat of our communities. I will fight to assure that women have access to everything they need to thrive.