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

May 25, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) as well as House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY) today introduced the Women, Peace, and Security Act. This bipartisan legislation would require the U.S. to develop a comprehensive strategy to increase and strengthen women’s participation in peace negotiations and conflict prevention globally.

March 22, 2016 Press Release

House Foreign Affairs Committee

Hearing on Women Fighting for Peace: Lessons for Today’s Conflicts

March 22, 2016


Jan Schakowsky submitted the following statement for the record to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the important role that women must play as stake holders in conflict resolution around the world:

March 8, 2016 Press Release

Today is International Women’s Day, and I join with my sisters around the globe in celebrating the accomplishments of women and in committing to tear down the barriers that prevent every girl and woman from enjoying equality of opportunity.

November 4, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) released the following statement after Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced the Democratic Members who will serve on the partisan Committee to Attack Women’s Health, including that Representative Schakowsky will serve as Ranking Member on the Committee:


October 27, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), released the following statement after sending a letter to Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-03), Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, urging him to launch an investigation into how video footage provided to the committee in response to a subpoena by the Center for Medical Progress was illegally leaked to the news agency GotNews.com: