To Kirsten, policies that support women and families are a priority, not an afterthought. She fights for bold ideas that will make a difference for families’ health and economic security, even when nobody else will. And in the face of a president who demeans women and threatens their rights, Kirsten’s fearless advocacy for women is the antidote. Women are half of this country—and they deserve a president who values and fights for them.
We need to look out for families, not special interests.
As a working mom of two young kids, Kirsten has always brought that perspective to her work in Congress, and as president, she’ll fight for every family like she fights for her own. We need policies that will help families make ends meet and get ahead: affordable child care, universal pre-K, a $15 minimum wage, equal pay for equal work and tax relief for middle-class and low-income families. Kirsten is also committed to combating our maternal mortality crisis—particularly the glaring disparities and institutional racism facing women of color in our health care system—and introduced the MOMS Act to protect every new mom.
We need to make national paid family leave a reality.
America is the only industrialized nation in the world without any form of a national paid family leave plan. Our failure to prioritize paid leave forces millions of Americans to make an impossible choice: provide for their family or care for their family. Kirsten has led the national fight for paid leave to fix this problem. Her FAMILY Act—a national paid leave program that she’s introduced in every Congress since 2013—would give workers 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave to care for a new child, a sick family member or their own health issues, all for about the cost of a cup of coffee a week.
We need to invest in public education and stand with teachers.
A child’s opportunity and success shouldn’t depend on which block they grew up on. To strengthen our communities, combat systemic inequality and ensure all of our kids have the chance to reach their potential, we have to invest in our public schools. This means paying teachers a living wage, maintaining small class sizes and ensuring teachers have the resources and support they need.
We need to protect women’s rights and access to the health care they need.
A woman’s right to make personal health decisions is nonnegotiable. In the face of relentless attacks from this administration and its allies in Congress, Kirsten has unfailingly stood up to protect women’s access to safe and legal abortion, birth control and health care at Planned Parenthood. She has vowed to overturn President Trump’s domestic gag rule—which prevents doctors from giving their patients information about the full range of reproductive health care—on day one of her presidency.
We need to stop sexual assault and harassment.
Kirsten has never backed down from a fight if it’s the right thing to do, even if it’s hard or politically difficult. She has been the national leader in Congress on the fight for justice and accountability on behalf of sexual assault survivors, even before the #MeToo movement and our crucial national conversation around sexual abuse. And she’s led this fight no matter who she’s up against—whether it’s the Pentagon, major universities, President Trump or even her own party.