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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 8, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted last night to pass her amendment to the Mini-Bus, which would allocate an additional $500,000 in funding and resources to the Office of Employee Assistance (OEA). OEA is primarily responsible for assisting employees whose job performance may be negatively affected by personal and professional problems. The amendment passed by voice vote. 

May 9, 2018 Press Release
Last week, the Connecticut Congressional Delegation sent a letter to United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar expressing their opposition to the Trump administration’s proposed changes to the Title X program, which ensures that people have access to reproductive healthcare. The Trump administration’s planned “domestic gag rule” would ban any healthcare provider from receiving Title X funding if they even talk about abortion or abortion-related services with their patients. Beyond banning counseling and referrals, the gag rule would also impose additional requirements that would essentially prohibit providers that perform abortions—like Planned Parenthood—from participating in the Title X program.
April 27, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Representatives Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), John Larson (CT-01), Joe Courtney (CT-02), Jim Himes (CT-04) and Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) sent a letter to Governor Malloy outlining actions the State of Connecticut can take to protect residents from the Trump administration’s disastrous healthcare policies—which will raise people’s premiums and dramatically expand the number of uninsured people.

April 27, 2018 Press Release
Today, U.S. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05), praised the passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act in the House by a 393-13 vote. The bill, which extends FAA funding for five years and authorizes various Federal Aviation Administration programs, also contains amended language to include Esty’s bill H.R. 4673, the “Promoting Women in the Aviation Workforce Act.”
March 29, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Esty’s statement regarding her former Chief of Staff Tony Baker
February 8, 2018 Press Release
United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) today introduced the Women Veterans Peer Counseling Enhancement Act to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Peer Support Program is equipped with an adequate amount of peer counselors to help address the mental health needs of women veterans. Representatives Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) and Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) originally introduced the companion legislation in the House of Representatives on December 13, 2017.
February 6, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) voted in favor of the Congressional Accountability Act, legislation to improve the existing policies and mechanisms in place to guard against and report harassment and discrimination in Congress. Esty cosponsored the legislation.
January 19, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement today following the Trump Administration’s announcement that it will now allow states to block women’s healthcare providers from receiving Medicaid funding.
January 8, 2018 Press Release
The second of Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5)’s two bipartisan bills to combat human trafficking in America was signed into law today, marking the successful conclusion of an effort to establish tough new penalties for truckers and create a human trafficking prevention coordinator position at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Esty introduced both bills with Rep. John Katko (R-NY).
December 20, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) introduced bipartisan legislation to allow the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to establish a new Women in Aviation Advisory Board. The board would promote organizations and programs providing education, training, mentorship, outreach, and recruitment of women into the aviation industry. Esty’s legislation was cosponsored by Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-2), Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17), and Rep. Mimi Walters (CA-45).