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Why now?

During the 2012 election cycle, there was a systematic effort on the part of the Republican Party to strip women of the legal rights they’d fought for and earned, or to deny them rights that had been settled generations ago. From reproductive rights to economic security to quality health care, women’s rights were front and center in 2012; in fact,they were under attack.

There are 158 million women living in the US. They represent 58% the American labor force and more than 66% of eligible women are registered to vote. In 2012, more women cast a vote than men and 55% voted for Barack Obama — contributing to the largest gender gap recorded in U.S. history.

Women are engaging more and more in the political process whether they are candidates for office or educating themselves about the best candidate to represent them in Washington. More women are following politics through social media and other outlets than any other group. Women are the primary decision makers in many households when it comes to issues such as education, healthcare and family budget. And when women compare the two party platforms, Democrats must make it clear that the natural home for women is the Democratic Party. By building on a successful foundation led by the 2012 women’s working group, we will continue making gains in 2014, 2016, and beyond for all Americans.

Recent Updates
  • On National Equal Pay Day

    On National Equal Pay Day, we are reminded of how we impede our own success when we refuse to compensate women equally. Women still make just 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Over a lifetime, that adds up to more than $430,000 in lost compensation for her, her family, and our economy. For Hispanic and African American women, the gap is shamefully even greater.

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  • Advice to my younger self

    When the DNC Women's Caucus met at the DNC Winter Meeting earlier this month, we asked the members to share advice they would give their younger selves. Aside from the fact that we all need a good pair of stretchy pants sometimes, I would advise my younger self to never feel alone because you are standing on some of the strongest shoulders out there – the women who have worked to make this world a place where you can succeed. Here is more advice from some of those women:

  • Reflections in celebration of Women’s History Month

    In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’ll be sharing thoughts from Democratic leaders throughout March. I started things off by reflecting on my inspirations and what I’ve learned from the women around me.

    I was inspired by my mom and my grandma who instilled in me as early as I can remember that I could grow up and be anything I wanted to be.

    1. What woman inspired you?

    I was inspired by my mom and my grandma who instilled in me as early as I can remember that I could grow up and be anything I wanted to be. They lead by example, balancing work and family and giving me the values that helped me understand that because we were fortunate, it was our responsibility to give back to the community.

    2. Why are you a Democrat?

    I am a Democrat because the Democratic Party stands for inclusion, equality, and opportunity and that means empowerment for all Americans to achieve anything they can dream, if they work hard and play by the rules. I’m a Democrat because I believe that government can be part of the solution and isn’t all of the problem.

    3. What advice would you give your younger self?

    I would advise my younger self not to sweat the small stuff, to not put off for tomorrow what can be done today and to remember to be a sister to other women because helping others succeed helps all women succeed.

    Name: Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    State: Florida

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President Obama Appoints Four More Women to Federal Judgeships
May 17, 2013
President Obama nominated four women to federal judgeships, further illustrating his dedication to creating a federal judiciary that better reflects our nation.
Violence Against Women Act Reauthorized
March 7, 2013
President Obama signed the reauthorization of VAWA — a groundbreaking piece of the legislation that combats sexual assault by holding offenders responsible while aiding victims.
President commits to battling HIV/AIDS
December 7, 2011
On World AIDS Day President Obama directed $50 million in increased funding for the treatment and care of HIV/AIDS, a disease that disproportionally affects women both internationally and domestically.