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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


Women’s Rights

Early in my life, I volunteered at a women’s health clinic. It was there that I witnessed the very real and profound impact reproductive health has on women’s lives. As an attorney, I defended a woman’s access to health care before the Supreme Court. As your Representative in Congress, I continue to stand in strong defense of these rights. Simply put, a woman's medical decisions should always be made between her and her doctor--not politicians.

Recent attempts by some politicians to chip away at that right, as well as efforts to restrict access to care, require us to remain vigilant. I strongly oppose the political actions of some House Republicans to outlaw abortions in Washington, D.C. and across the nation. We cannot afford to turn back the clock for women.

I'm also working hard to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would give women more tools in the workplace to advocate for equal pay. Our country has made great strides in moving towards equal pay for equal work, but we still have a tremendously long way to go. Despite improvements, women still face systematic gender discrimination in the workplace, particularly in industries where women are underrepresented, such as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. On average, women working full-time currently earn 79 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts, and the wage gap has been frustratingly stagnant for years. I'm committed to working hard to address the economic challenges facing American women and their families. With women making up nearly 50 percent of our national workforce, it is more important than ever before to advocate for income equality.

For more information concerning my work and views on women's rights, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

More on Women’s Rights

February 22, 2017 In The News

As we celebrate President's Day this week, I reflect on our country's leaders who guided and continue to guide our nation through highs and lows. Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy and their efforts to ensure that all people have equal rights, access and opportunity for success. Equal opportunity along with social and civil rights were, and continue to be, imperative in order for our country to thrive.Today, we can equate social and civil rights to economic opportunity - the chance for everyone to succeed.

January 23, 2017 In The News

Senator Richard Blumenthal, 4th District Congressman Jim Himes and 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty participated in the Women's March on Washington Saturday.  Senator Chris Murphy opened his home to marchers.  There were several buses that left from Connecticut to Washington, D.C. and to a sister event in New York City.  Esty says she stood strong with people who are concerned that their rights not be taken away and that progress toward greater equality is made.  She said it was also important to show support for the same access to health care that everyone has.

January 22, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON — Their pilgrimage to the nation’s capital came a day late.

But for thousands of women from Connecticut who supported Hillary Clinton for president, they’re accustomed to waiting for history.

Under the cloak of darkness, they boarded buses Saturday morning for the Women’s March on Washington, where more than half a million people impugned new President Donald Trump one day after his inaugural.

They fancied themselves as the new suffragettes, turning the National Mall into a panoply of pink “Pussy Project” knit hats — a dig at Trump — and snarky signs.

January 21, 2017 In The News

Marching, chanting and declaring their opposition to the policies of President Donald J. Trump, hundreds of thousands of people joined a massive rally in the nation's capital and in scores of other cities around the nation and world on Saturday.

As many as 500,000 people, including thousands from Connecticut, descended on the National Mall for the Women's March on Washington, far exceeding crowds for Friday's inauguration of President Trump.

January 21, 2017 In The News

On the emotionally-charged day when Donald Trump became President of the United States, politicians expressed both joy and disappointment in his first remarks as the leader of the free world.

Trump's speech and inauguration brought elation to his supporters who had backed him in a tough race against Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.

On both sides of the aisle, political insiders worked for months or even more than a year to get Trump elected, while Democrats worked equally hard to defeat him - leading to sharply different views of the inauguration.

January 20, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement after Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.
January 19, 2017 In The News
Blumenthal, Wyman, Esty Among Honored Speakers
January 18, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON — Hoping to get in shape in the new year? If you’re a Washington, D.C., resident willing to shell out $25 for a cycling class, your teacher might just be a congresswoman.

“I’m going to take a class anyway, so why not teach it?” Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., said.

Sinema leads the 45-minute class at Biker Barre — a specialty exercise studio that focuses on cycling and a ballet-type exercise and is located on Capitol Hill — once or twice a month when she’s in Washington.

January 15, 2017 In The News
In the shade of the Capitol building, people gathered with signs protesting the possible repeal of the act that has given 20 million Americans access to health insurance.
January 13, 2017 Press Release

To view video of Esty speaking against repeal of the Affordable Care Act, visit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement after the House voted to enact the Republican budget resolution that sets the stage for repealing the Affordable Care Act: