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

February 13, 2020 Video
During the hearing on women's reproductive health, I questioned one of the witnesses about what state laws that create extra, medically unnecessary steps does to their ability to provide care.


February 13, 2020 Video
The Health Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on the Women's Health Protection Act, to help protect women's access to safe reproductive health care.


February 13, 2020 Video

I spoke on the House floor in favor of H. J. Res. 79, the allow the Equal Rights Amendment to take effect.

January 22, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON, IL - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus Providers and Clinics Task Force, released the following statement on the 47th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision:

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.