I’ve always been proud that one of my first votes in the Senate was for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. To me, fair pay for women in the workplace isn’t a complicated issue — it all comes down to basic fairness. The Lilly Ledbetter Act was the kind of common sense, bipartisan solution we need more of in Washington.
Doing what’s best for Alaska’s women isn’t a Republican issue or a Democratic issue — it’s a family issue. That’s why I fought to preserve funding for community health clinics across Alaska. These clinics provide vital services like cancer screenings, prenatal care, and preventative care that women and their families rely on.
I was also proud to support the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to provide help to the victims of domestic violence and their families. When obstructionists in Congress tried to block VAWA, I fought for its passage to send a strong message that we will not tolerate violence against our mothers, wives, and daughters.
I have consistently received top marks from Planned Parenthood and NARAL for my commitment to a women’s right to choose, access to birth control and ending discrimination by health insurance companies. I fought against the Blunt amendment that would have allowed employers to deny women access to birth control. As Senator, I will continue to fight against proposals to limit a women’s right to choose, including so-called “personhood” proposals.