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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

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:
March 23, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty has co-sponsored legislation to help women veterans overcome obstacles to health care and other federal benefits, according to a release.

The legislation, known as the Deborah Sampson Act, would:

Expand counseling services and call centers for women veterans

Increase the length of maternity care at VA facilities

Increase the number of gender-specific providers and coordinators in the VA health care system

Retrofit VA facilities to enhance privacy for women veterans at VA centers

March 21, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) today stood with women veterans and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America to unveil bipartisan legislation to improve services and access at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs for women veterans.
March 21, 2017 In The News

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) walked away from a prestigious legal career in the Supreme Court to raise her three children full-time. Like so many women before her, the career off-ramp was a bumpy ride.

As her children grew older, Esty felt called to do more — and one day, she was called out. Her then 15-year-old daughter challenged her mom to put up or shut up: run for office, or quit complaining about those who were already there.

Here’s how Esty transitioned from stay-at-home parent to politician — with a little help from her persuasive daughter, to boot.

March 13, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement regarding the Congressional Budget Office’s report on the GOP health care bill:
March 7, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement regarding the health care bill released by GOP leaders:
March 1, 2017 Press Release

WATERBURY, CT – On Sunday, March 5, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) will hold a town hall meeting at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury. Members of the public will have the opportunity to ask Esty questions concerning their community, the direction of the country, and Esty’s work in Congress.