As we close out National Women’s Health Week, I’m struck by the dramatic contrast between Republicans’ and Democrats’ priorities when it comes to women’s health.
Democrats are hard at work helping women access health care by defending the Affordable Care Act, and with it, no co-pay preventive care, guaranteed access to maternity coverage, and ending discrimination by health insurance companies based on pre-existing conditions or gender. And, of course, we believe that a woman’s health care decisions should be made between her and her doctor. Period. Not her boss. And certainly not politicians.
This month we celebrate the heritage of the Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community and their contributions to our country. We also celebrate increasing political empowerment of AAPI’s as our community is finding its political voice. With over 20 million citizens nationwide, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are among the fastest growing demographics in the country and are an integral part of our nation’s future. And this growing community supports the Democrats’ mission to improve our schools, spur job creation and economic growth, and ensure that everyone can participate equally in our society.Read More
The comments are deeply disturbing and represent a dark period in our nation’s history. From Jackie Robinson to Jason Collins, organized sports have long helped our country move forward and break down many barriers. While it is sad to be reminded that such views still exist, it is important to remember that with all of the progress we've made, we must remain steadfast in our work for civil rights and social justice.
Nearly 50 years ago, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, to outlaw discrimination based on race, religion, gender, and more. The law strengthened voting rights and pushed for an end to racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and in public places. Unfortunately, today's GOP retreats headlong from the battle towards greater equality. In fact, many Republican are trying to sabotage or undermine crucial protections in the Civil Rights Act.Read More
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.Read More