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

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.

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.