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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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:

September 17, 2018 Press Release

“The allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford against Brett Kavanaugh are credible and disturbing. I applaud her courage for coming forward despite the chaos and frenzy that she will undoubtedly face because of it.

August 26, 2018 Press Release

Today, on the ninety-eighth anniversary of the 19th amendment, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a Chief Deputy Whip, released the following statement commemorating Women’s Equality Day:

“Today we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, honoring all those who fought to give women the right to vote in America. Women’s Equality Day is a time to appreciate those who came before us, to celebrate those who stand with us now, and to inspire those who will carry the torch of women’s equality for generations to come.

March 8, 2018 Press Release

Today, on International Women's Day, Rep. Schakowsky released the following statement, excerpted from a post on her Medium page:

September 8, 2017 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky released the following statement after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced plans to undo the Obama-era Title IX guidance on sexual assault on college campuses: