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 12, 2021 Video

After complaining about what they call "irrelevant" items being added, GOP members of Energy and Commerce Committee​ wanted to add Hyde Amendment language to the COVID-19 relief bill. Let me be clear. We will #BeBoldEndHyde​! Access to reproductive healthcare is essential and a right that should not be impeded.

February 12, 2021 Video

During this #COVID19​ pandemic, 33% of women have said they delayed or cancelled a visit to a healthcare provider or had problem accessing reproductive healthcare and contraception. But my GOP colleagues on Energy and Commerce Committee​ want to take away the Title X family planning funding in this bill.

February 8, 2021 Press Release

EVANSTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, and Founding member of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, reintroduced the Innovative Maternal Payment And Coverage To (IMPACT To) Save Moms Act. This bill is one of several included in the historic and newly reintroduced “Momnibus” package of legislation to address the Black maternal health crisis in the United States.

February 5, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and a senior member of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed S. Con. Res. 5, a budget resolution that lays the groundwork for passing President Biden’s American Rescue Plan:

January 22, 2021 Press Release

EVANSTON - 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 48th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision: