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  • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s statement 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.

    Women now constitute nearly half of the nation’s work force. More women are acting as their family’s primary breadwinner, and many families rely on the paycheck of a wife or mother just to make ends meet. Pay equality is not just a women’s issue – it’s a family issue, and an economic issue.

    As the party of inclusion, empowerment, and opportunity, these issues are priorities for Democrats. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the first bill signed into law by President Obama, and Democrats in Congress continue to fight for passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act. In addition, Democrats support increasing the minimum wage, because no one who works full time should have to live in poverty. We also recognize that real economic equality includes enabling women to decide for themselves when to start a family.

    The contrast with Republicans is clear. Republicans stood steadfast against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, oppose increasing the minimum wage, and have repeatedly blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act. They continue to double down on their obsession with repealing the Affordable Care Act, and with it the provision that bars insurance companies from treating being a woman as a pre-existing condition increasing the cost of health care for women and their families. The net effect is that while Republicans are fighting against bigger paychecks for women, they would also subject them to higher health care costs. That is an unsustainable proposition for America’s families.

    Equal pay is about more than just women’s rights. It’s about the economic security of our families. It’s about ensuring that our daughters enter a work environment that treats them with fairness and respect. And it’s about growing our economy, because we know that when women succeed, America succeeds. It’s high time Republicans get on board.

  • One Year Later, Same Old Party

    After the 2012 election, the Republican Party was at a crossroads. They had just lost two presidential elections in a row -- but not only that, they had only won a popular majority in a national election once in the last six presidential races.

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  • 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

  • Let’s make this year a success for women and for the nation

    Women’s History Month is special to me not just as a woman but as a mother, as a daughter and as a wife. It is inspiring to think how far we’ve come thanks to the women of previous generations on whose shoulders we stand. The suffragists fought for the right to vote and they won it in 1920. Another generation secured the passage of Title IX.

    Our generation had cause to celebrate when President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009 and when health care reform passed in 2010. Because of the Affordable Care Act, being a woman is no longer a preexisting condition, and women now have access to preventive care like mammograms at no cost.

    And yet our generation of women has an opportunity to do even more. I’m proud that the DNC recently launched the Democratic Women’s Alliance to get more women involved in politics, at every level. As the President said in his 2014 State of the Union Address, "When women succeed, America succeeds." Together, let’s make this year a success for women and for the nation.

    Add your name to stand with the President and Democrats fighting for equal pay for women:

    I'm in!

  • A New Tool In The War On Poverty

    I’m going to echo Maria Shriver and state the obvious: while I have not lived on the brink of poverty, I am deeply concerned by the growing income gap in America. I work every day to expand opportunities for the millions of people -- one in three Americans, seventy percent of whom are women and children -- who struggle every day to make ends meet.

    Earlier this week, Maria introduced a report that illustrates how urgent that work is.  A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink is filled with thoughtful essays from academics and activists -- everyone from Hillary Clinton to Barbara Ehrenreich to Beyoncé. And it includes new research on how deeply entrenched poverty has become in our social fabric, and how we can change it.

    I encourage you to read Maria's introduction to the report, and to explore A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink in full.

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Curb Gun Violence for Gabby

    "Three years ago today, a man approached a crowd in the parking lot of a Tucson, Arizona, supermarket and began shooting. Six people were killed, including one child, and 13 were wounded, including his main target, my dear friend, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

    I'll never forget where I was when I first heard the news. I was driving my daughter to her soccer game when I got an email that Gabby had been shot. On that day, the all too familiar tragedy unfolding on TV was personal, one of my closest friends was a victim of intentional violence."

    Read the Op-Ed in its entirety here.

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “2014 Strategy Update”

    Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz sent an email to supporters updating them on the Democrats strategy to win elections in 2014 and urged them to donate to put the plan into place. Here's what she had to say:

    Friend --

    One of the things you learn right away in Democratic politics is that there's no magic to winning elections -- and that's actually good news.

    What you really need is good strategy, smart people, and ideas you're proud to stand behind -- all of which we have. But it also takes a lot of hard work to tell our story to voters.

    The first thing we're going to decide in 2014 will be how much we're able to do -- and our decision will be based heavily on the resources we have at the end of the year. So if you're willing to back up our plan to win next year, please donate $10 or more right now.

    Here's what we're doing with your support:

    1. Recruiting and training organizing talent across the country.
    2. Maintaining and building our digital edge.
    3. Expanding access to the ballot box.
    4. Holding Republicans accountable and promoting the Democratic agenda.

    If we continue doing these four things with all our resources, all our party's talent, and all the energy and passion of supporters like you and me, I guarantee you we'll see more Democrats elected in 2014.

    Chip in before our last deadline of 2013 to make sure we can execute our full plan to win in 2014:

    https://my.democrats.org/Our-Strategy-In-Action

    We can't just leave this to chance -- in the next few days, we have to be absolutely certain that we'll have the resources now to start executing our strategy.

    Thanks for doing your part,

    Debbie

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    Chair
    Democratic National Committee

    P.S. -- My first meeting of 2014 will be to review how much we raised between now and the end of the year, and to decide whether we can do all of the things we need to do to win in 2014. Pitch in to make sure we can.

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “Invest To Win In 2014 Now”

    DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz urged supporters in an email to invest in Democrats now to win back the House in 2014. Here's what she had to say:

     

    Friend --

    One month ago, many people laughed at the idea that Democrats could take back the House in 2014.

    But today, because of what you've done to hold Republicans accountable, polls show that 37 Congressional swing seats are in play -- and we only need to win back 17 of them.

    Republicans are beginning to feel the aftershocks of their reckless behavior, but if we want to follow through on it, we have to dig in and keep investing our resources for the long haul.

    Help make that happen. Chip in $3 or more before the midnight fundraising deadline.

    We outraised our Republican counterparts in September. That's great -- but if Democrats are going to take back the majority in the House, we need to make it a habit.

    Chip in $3 or more before midnight tonight to show Republicans that you're committed to outraising them from now until 2014:

    https://my.democrats.org/Invest-To-Win

    Thanks,

    Debbie

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    Chair
    Democratic National Committee

    P.S. -- Democrats won't be able to win without you. Donate today to let them know you're in their corner.

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