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 15, 2015 Press Release

I joined Leader Pelosi, House Democratic women and women from across the country to discuss our Women’s Economic Agenda, from higher pay and an end to the gender gap to a robust Older Americans Act reauthorization. Our mission is not just possible but essential because when Women Succeed,  America succeeds! Below I have included my remarks from this week's press event rolling out the agenda and the full description of the agenda.

April 14, 2015 Press Release

This Equal Pay Day it is time to take decisive action to close the wage gap that still exists between women and men. Why is Equal Pay Day marked every April? Because currently a woman has to work a year and three months into the next year just to earn what a man earns in one year.

March 11, 2015 Press Release

CHICAGO– Representative Jan Schakowsky has joined with Senator Barbara Boxer in re-introducing House and Senate versions of the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) of 2015.  This legislation received wide bipartisan support in the 113th Congress, attracting 117 cosponsors in the House and 30 in the Senate. This year, the bill was introduced with 9 Democrats and 9 Republicans. 

March 8, 2015 Press Release

CHICAGO – Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement in recognition of International Women’s Day:

November 15, 2014 Press Release

CHICAGO – On Friday, Jane Byrne, the first and to-date only woman to serve as Mayor of the City of Chicago, passed away. Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement in honor of Byrne’s leadership and legacy: