When I became unexpectedly pregnant with my daughter Sinatra, I was uninsured; at the time pregnancy was a considered a “preexisting condition,” so I could not receive coverage. Fortunately, I had the financial resources to become a mother without insurance coverage. But I was shocked and humbled by the amount of women and families whom were uninsured in our country facing critical choices about their health—oftentimes choices between life and death for themselves or a loved one. Millions of women and families will no longer have to choose as they are secured stronger protections and more preventive services for women under the Affordable Care Act.Read More
As we celebrate Women's History Month, it is important to highlight the strides our nation's Latina entrepreneurs have made in recent years. Latina-owned businesses are the fastest-growing segment among women-owned enterprises—starting companies at six times the national average. Their businesses alone contribute an average of $56 billion to America’s economy each year.Read More
A few days ago, I read ''Sum It Up: A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective'' by Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This book aroused emotions from my days of playing basketball at Morehead State University and Kentucky State University. Without a basketball scholarship, I would have not been able to attend college. And without Title IX, colleges could not afford to offer me a basketball scholarship.Read More
This Women’s History Month, we’re honoring the women who have come before us and the women who came out in droves to help re-elect President Obama last November. As Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, our DNC secretary, notes in her video message, we’re also rededicating ourselves to the work we have before us. From ensuring access to early childhood education, building a commonsense immigration system, and putting an end to gun violence that’s tearing apart our communities. We must recognize the accomplishments we’ve made and continue to move this country forward for all women and girls.