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 20, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) led a letter, signed by 11 Members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, to Match Group President Shar Dubey calling on the company to check users against sex offender registries and disclose its efforts to respond to reports of sexual violence that were a result of users meeting through Match Group services.

February 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, voted in favor of H.J.Res.79 , which passed the House on a bipartisan vote of 232 to 183. The legislation would facilitate timely ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution by removing the arbitrary deadline to ratify the ERA. If passed by the Senate and signed into law by the President, this would pave the way forward for including women in the foundational document of our democracy.

February 13, 2020 Video
During the hearing on women's reproductive health, I questioned one of the witnesses about what state laws that create extra, medically unnecessary steps does to their ability to provide care.


February 13, 2020 Video
The Health Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on the Women's Health Protection Act, to help protect women's access to safe reproductive health care.