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.

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March 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON– Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, released the following statement:

January 29, 2019 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Vice Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, released the following statement on the tenth anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act:

“It has been 10 years since President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a critical law that has helped lessen the gender pay gap. For too long, women have worked hard, often harder, than men only to be paid 80 cents on the man’s dollar and even less for women of color.

October 6, 2018 Press Release

“Today, the Republican Senate will send a clear message to American women and survivors of sexual violence everywhere: we don’t give a damn about you. 

October 2, 2018 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a Chief Deputy Whip and Co-Chair of the Seniors Task Force, was joined by Reps. Donald Norcross (D-NJ) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) in reintroducing the Women’s Pension Protection Act. This bill, which was introduced in the Senate by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), takes necessary and important steps to ensure that women are better prepared for retirement. After the bill’s introduction, the lawmakers released the following statements:

October 2, 2018 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a Chief Deputy Whip and Co-Chair of the Seniors Task Force, was joined by Reps. Donald Norcross (D-NJ) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) in reintroducing the Women’s Pension Protection Act. This bill, which was introduced in the Senate by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), takes necessary and important steps to ensure that women are better prepared for retirement. After the bill’s introduction, the lawmakers released the following statements:

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