Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

Representing the 9th District of Illinois

Women's Issues

By protecting women, we protect families. As a former co-chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, I have long fought to protect the rights of women, including full and equal economic opportunity through equitable pay and employment opportunities. In 6 in 10 families, a mother is the primary or co-breadwinner.  The persistent gaps in wages and opportunities for women have limited the resources available for families to purchase homes, save for college, and save for retirements.  I am dedicated to working to prevent violence against women and establish transitional housing for women and children who are victims of abuse.  As a leading member of the Pro-Choice Caucus, I have also fought for reproductive freedom.

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December 20, 2019 Press Release
The Trump Administration’s rule would impose unnecessary and onerous burdens on insurers and consumers with the ultimate goal of eliminating abortion coverage in the Affordable Care Act marketplace and denying consumers their right to comprehensive health insurance. This rule would, for example, require that insurance companies send a separate bill for abortion care and require consumers to pay a separate bill from their premium for abortion care. The rule could impact as many as three million people across the United States.
May 21, 2019 Video

Congresswoman Schakowsky got the crowd fired up in front of the Supreme Court as many groups came together to rally against the dangerous bans on women's choice making their way through state legislatures.

April 4, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Schakowsky Statement on Passage of Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky issued the following statement on passage of H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019:

April 2, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Schakowsky Statement on Equal Pay Day

WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Vice Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force,  issued the following statement recognizing Equal Pay Day, April 2, which marks the day on which the average woman makes the same amount her male counterpart did doing the same job did in 2018:

March 27, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Schakowsky Votes For, House Passes Paycheck Fairness Act

WASHINGTON,DC - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Vice Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, issued the following statement on passage of H.R. 7, The Paycheck Fairness Act, which strengthens and closes loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act and provides effective remedies for women who are not being paid equal pay for equal work:

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