Women’s Issues

Women make up 50.4% of the population. In Congress, only 19% of the members are women.[1] Out of New Jersey’s twelve Congressional districts, only one is represented by a woman.[2] It’s no surprise that women are under attack from Congress in every aspect of their lives. As your Congresswoman, I’ll fight for the equality and well-being of every woman in my district and across the country.

Equal Pay

There is absolutely no excuse that in 2017 women continue to make substantially less money than men for performing the same or similar work.

Age matters as well. Women between 45 and 54 earn 77% of the amount a man their same age makes, while those between 55 and 64 earn only 74%.[3]

One fix to this problem is the Paycheck Fairness Act, which Representative MacArthur opposed. This bill would have required private employers to share information about compensation by gender and would have added greater accountability by employers and more protection for female employees.

I’d tackle this problem head on by supporting legislation to close the wage gap, and make sure that working New Jersey women are paid the same as their male co-workers. I know first hand how challenging it is to run your own business while raising a family. Women deserve to be paid exactly the same wages as men when we’re doing the exact same work, and I’ll do everything I can to make that happen.

Family Leave

It’s no secret that women are often burdened with the second shift. A term first coined by Arlie Hochschild in the 1980’s, this refers to the fact that many women leave work and “clock in” to their second full time job: raising a family. That’s always been my most important and favorite job of all.

The United States is the only industrialized nation that doesn’t provide paid family leave.[4] That means that too many mothers and fathers can’t take time off to care for a sick relative or bond with their newborn child.

Nobody should be forced to choose between earning a paycheck and taking care of their children.

As your Congresswoman, I’ll support laws that provide for maternity and paternity leave so that all of the Garden’s State hard-working parents can do their best work, both at home and in the office.

Reproductive Rights

If there’s one organization that the Trump Administration has been targeting more than any other, it’s Planned Parenthood, one of the foremost health care organizations for women in the country. Planned Parenthood provides essential health services to hundreds of thousands of women.

Each year, Planned Parenthood performs:[5]

  • 270,000 pap smears
  • Provides STD screening and treatment for 4.2 million people
  • Conducts 1.1 million pregnancy tests
  • Provides prenatal care to over 18,000 women
  • Performs more than 360,000 breast exams

Defunding Planned Parenthood means jeopardizing women’s health, causing people to become ill, and, in some cases, to die from detectable and curable diseases. Tom MacArthur’s rating from Planned Parenthood? 0%.[6] I will continue to support Planned Parenthood as a Congresswoman and the work they do to ensure the health and safety of women.

[1] Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University.

[2]  GovTrack, New Jersey Congress members.

[3]  Ibid.

[4]  Quartz Media, “Countries without paid maternity leave: Swaziland, Lesotho, Papua New Guinea and the United States of America”.

[5]  2014 statistics, PlannedParenthood.org

[6]  VoteSmart.org ratings and endorsements for Tom MacArthur.