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.

More on Women's Issues

September 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, voted to protect women’s reproductive rights with H.R. 3755, the Women’s Health Protection Act.  As the United States faces a surreal attack on Roe V. Wade and the bodily autonomy of women on a national level, this legislation will directly combat recent passage of state legislation seeking to effectively outlaw abortion.

September 1, 2021 Press Release

EVANSTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus’ Providers and Clinics Task Force, issued a statement following the news of Texas’ shameful “Heartbeat” abortion ban and the Supreme Court’s refusal to stop it from going into effect: 

July 29, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON -   Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chairwoman of Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announced the Safer Beauty Bill Package. The bill package will include four separate bills that offer a bold and progressive update to an increasingly outdated set of federal cosmetics laws. 

July 29, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON -  Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, Chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus Providers and Clinics Task Force, and lead sponsor of the Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act was joined by bill co-leads and Pro-Choice Caucus champions Representatives Barbara Lee (CA-13), Jackie Speier (CA-14), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Diana DeGette (CO-01), Norma Torres (CA-35), and Marilyn Strickland (WA-10) in releasi

July 15, 2021 Press Release
“Parents and caregivers cannot go back to work, grow our economy, and build better lives for their families unless they know their children are cared for,” said Congresswoman Schakowsky. “The American Rescue Plan included an expansion of the Child Tax Credit, which will provide financial support for families to help them afford childcare, food, clothing, and other daily expenses. This program is cutting child poverty in half across the nation, and raising more than 134,000 Chicagoland children out of poverty.”

Pages