Congress must do more to end gender-based wage discrimination. In 2017, working women in Maine were paid approximately $10,000 less than working men – amounting to nearly $3 billion in lost wages every year.
In Maine, women lead more than 53,000 family households, of which 28 percent earn incomes that fall below the poverty line. By ending wage discrimination, we would not only lift Maine families out of poverty, but working women in our state would have more money for healthcare, childcare, rent and mortgage payments, college tuition and retirement.
Additionally, the United States is the only developed nation in the world without mandatory paid family leave. As an employer, I believe paid family leave polices benefit my campaign staff. In Congress, I will fight to expand these policies for all Americans, because people deserve time off to care for newborn children or sick loved ones. These policies will not only benefit Maine’s children and families, but also our economy.
Finally, I believe every woman has the right to make her own healthcare decisions. Family planning options, including contraception, should be accessible and affordable to all women, regardless of income or insurance. I also firmly believe that Washington politicians have no business being involved in the private medical choices made between a woman and her healthcare professional.