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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut

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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

June 26, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement regarding the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the Senate GOP proposal to pay for millions of dollars in tax cuts for the wealthy by depriving 22 million American of health coverage:
June 22, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement regarding the release of the Senate GOP’s health care bill:
May 24, 2017 Press Release

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:

May 23, 2017 Press Release

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.”

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May 4, 2017 Press Release

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:
 

May 4, 2017 In The News
“Today House Republicans voted to inflict deep, long-lasting harm on millions of American families for the sake of short-term political relief. This dishonest crusade against the Affordable Care Act has put politics before American lives. Under this bill, people with pre-existing conditions will lose the protection they have against bankrupting medical bills. People who are struggling with addiction or mental illness will likely not get the vital care they need. Some parents will be forced to make the gut-wrenching choice between keeping their life savings and keeping their child alive.
April 5, 2017 In The News

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.

April 4, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today marked Equal Pay Day by joining with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) to reintroduce the Paycheck Fairness Act.
March 26, 2017 In The News

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.

March 24, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement after a vote on the GOP health care bill was canceled: