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 15, 2014 Press Release

CHICAGO – Saturday marked 20 years since President Bill Clinton signed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) into law on September 13, 1994.  The landmark legislation creates critical protections for victims of domestic violence and dramatically strengthens the nation’s criminal justice response to violence against women. Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement about the anniversary:

April 8, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – As we mark Equal Pay Day, Rep. Jan Schakowsky said we must take action to close the wage gap that still exists between women and men. Why is Equal Pay Day marked every April? Because a woman has to work a year, plus three months into the next year, just to earn what a man earns in one year.  That is not right. To fix this it is critical to pass Paycheck Fairness Act, which gives protections to employees and enforces standard for employers.

October 19, 2012 Press Release



October 21, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (October 21, 2009) — Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-IL, delivered the following testimony before the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations and Oversight during the hearing, "International Violence Against Women: Stories and Solutions....

Prepared Statement of Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight

Hearing on "International Violence Against Women: Stories and Solutions...