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.
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Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement regarding the Congressional Budget Office’s report on the House-passed version of the American Health Care Act:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal:
“Our goal should be a budget that expands economic opportunity in Connecticut and across the country, lifts wages, promotes access to health care, protects our air and water, supports children and seniors, and makes us safer. On these counts, President Trump’s proposal moves us in the wrong direction. Congress should start over from scratch on a bipartisan plan.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement after the House passed legislation that will cause millions of Americans to lose access to affordable health coverage:
Supporters of a bill prohibiting employers from asking a job candidate's salary history said the measure will go a long way toward closing the gender pay gap.
Rep. Derek Slap, the West Hartford Democrat who is the lead advocate for the bill, says the bill represents "a simple but powerful change."
Slap and other advocates say asking a prospective employee's salary history is a way of perpetuating wage discrimination.
KENT – National politics kept creeping into discussions as Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty, D-5th District, was touring some of Kent’s commercial establishments Saturday during the Chamber of Commerce’s Shop Hop.
Esty, accompanied by First Selectman Bruce K. Adams, began her visit at Back Sheep Yarn in the Kent Green shopping center and then strolled down Main Street.
At every stop, she was met with people who thanked her for what she is doing in Washington. Janet Tagle and her husband, Tom, of New Milford were at the yarn shop owned by Nancy Hamilton.