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 29, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus Providers and Clinics Task Force, joined House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations Chairwoman Judy Chu (D-CA), and Reps.

May 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus Providers and Clinics Task Force, along with Pro-Choice Caucus Chairs Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Barbara Lee (D-CA), along with taskforce leads Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Katherine Clark (D-MA), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Judy Chu (D-CA), Julia Brownley (D-CA), and Ted Deutch (D-FL), released the following statement on the Trump Administration's attack on independent Planned Parenthood 501(C)(3) organizations that applied for federal assistance un

May 21, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON, IL – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the House Energy and Commerce’s Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, today issued the following statement as House Democrats celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage:

March 10, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -  Congresswoman Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, introduced H.R. 6137, the Innovative Maternal Payment And Coverage To (IMPACT To) Save Moms Act. This bill is one several included in the new, historic “Momnibus” package of legislation to address the Black maternal health crisis in the United States.

March 6, 2020 Video

This week, SCOTUS heard a case challenging a Louisiana law that would decimate abortion access in the state and could shape the future of abortion rights in our nation. After marching to the Court, I spoke on the House floor about why I'll fight for #MyRightMyDecision.