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

October 2, 2020 Video

Here's my weekly video update for my constituents. I address President Trump's COVID diagnosis, the latest Coronavirus numbers, votes by the House to condemn QAnon and the forced sterilization of women in ICE custody, and other updates.

September 25, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and nearly a dozen leaders of Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus sent a letter to Senate leaders urging them to abstain from a voting on any Supreme Court nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg until after the next president is sworn into office. 

September 25, 2020 Video

Here is my latest weekly update for constituents. This week I discuss Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Climate Change, online extremism, and several other topics.

September 18, 2020 Video

My weekly video update for my constituents, including updates on Hispanic Heritage Month, the recent whistleblower complaint about forced hysterectomies at ICE detention facilities, and HHS officials changing scientific reports.

September 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky joined fellow U.S. Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Judy Chu (CA-27), Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) and Zoe Lofgen (CA-19) and 167 other members of Congress today in urging the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Inspector General Joseph Cuffari to open an immediate investigation into new whistleblower allegations of mass hysterectomies being performed on women detained at the privately-run Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Ga.

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