Women have shattered glass ceilings, broken barriers, shaped our communities, and improved our world. Their struggles and achievements have made communities better places for future generations.
Women have come a long way in the workplace and now hold titles once deemed unattainable. Women are heads of state, CEOs, astronauts, professional athletes, doctors, public officials, and construction workers. When the contributions of women are valued and their participation is encouraged by society – everyone benefits.
In Congress, I have been a strong advocate for legislation that improves the lives of women and girls. I supported the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (P.L. 111 – 2), which helps reduce pay discrimination against women. I also worked to break the culture of silence surrounding domestic violence, sexual assaults, and stalking. I’m committed to ensuring that all women and girls have access to comprehensive health services.
Despite these accomplishments, there is still work left to be done. Women continue to face harsh stigmas both in the United States and internationally. Too many women do not have access to safe housing, basic health services, a quality education, or economic security for themselves or their families. We must continue to break the barriers faced every day by our daughters, mothers, friends, mentors, and co-workers. Our policies and priorities must encourage the health, empowerment, and independence of women and girls both in Minnesota and abroad.