Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

“Across the country, the rights of women and the LGBTQ+ community are under assault. From states attempting to limit access to reproductive healthcare including abortion to legislatures institutionalizing homophobia and transphobia, we need to stand up at the federal level to protect the rights of all Americans.  As a Member of Congress, I will fight for gender equality and respect for all Americans.”

In Congress, Vanessa will

  • Protect the Legal Right to a Safe Abortion and Access to Birth Control –  Congress must codify Roe V. Wade and repeal the Hyde Amendment. Every health insurance company or employer must fund comprehensive reproductive healthcare.
  • Fight for Pay Equity – Vanessa will fight for the Paycheck Fairness Act to bring us closer to gender equity in the workplace.
  • Pass the Equality Act –The Equality Act will ensure that no one is discriminated against because of their sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. 

Protect LGBTQ+ Youth – We must ban conversion therapy at the federal level and provide funding to support LGBTQ+ young people who are four times as likely to attempt suicide and 120% more likely to experience homelessness.