Women's Rights

Women in Michigan deserve better. From employment laws, healthcare benefits, and reproductive rights to a culture and history that furthers that discrimination and harassment, women face barriers that we must remove. As state representative, I co-sponsored legislation on equal pay and compensation-disclosure laws allowing workers to determine if they were paid on par with peers. I co-sponsored bills in the House Democrats "Prevention First Package," in support of access to contraception and health care for women. I authored legislation---as part of that Prevention First Package---to end abstinance-only programs and require sex education to be comprehensive and medically accurate. I was an active member in the Progressive Women's Caucus, helping to recruit and support female leaders. And I was named as the co-Chair of the House Democrats Women's Issues Task Force. With that group, I traveled Michigan co-hosting town halls with Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright on access to women's reproductive health services and a broad range of family care issues. As a result of this work, the Progressive Women's Caucus named me their "Manbassador." As our next State Senator, I would continue fighting for equality by:

  1. Standing up to attacks on women's right to choose
  2. Sponsoring or co-sponsoring laws requiring equal pay
  3. Supporting strict rules against workplace harassment or assault
  4. Requiring health care laws to cover women's health as essential benefits
  5. Continuing to recruit and support female colleagues