STANDING UP FOR WOMEN
Liz has been a leading advocate for women and families for twenty years. As a congressional staffer, she led the development of the Working Families Agenda in the United States Congress.
Liz ran a project focused on women in low-wage jobs at the National Women’s Law Center, where she worked to improve wages and working conditions for women in low-wage jobs. She also provided legal representation to pregnant women who were fired simply because they needed a water bottle or another simple adjustment at work.
Liz led the development of first-of-its kind legislation at the federal level to end the practice of calling low-wage workers – most of whom are women – into work with only a couple of hours’ notice and firing them if they are unable to report.
This predictable scheduling legislation was introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren, and subsequently introduced and passed in cities across the country. Liz has also written laws to secure equal pay for equal work, accommodate breastfeeding mothers in the workplace, and strengthen protections from sexual harassment.
Liz has focused particularly on helping parents who are struggling to juggle work and family obligations. She has been on the front lines of the fight for paid family and medical leave, paid sick days, and affordable child care. Liz has testified before state legislatures on the need to modernize our workplace laws to meet the needs of today’s families.
Liz played a leading role in the development of the $15 minimum wage legislation introduced by Congressman Bobby Scott and Keith Ellison that would make such a difference to working women. Women make up 60 percent of those earning the minimum wage today.
Liz has also worked on policy improvements to our juvenile justice system to better meet the needs of girls and young women who often have histories of trauma and sexual abuse that go unaddressed. Liz has represented women denied public benefits simply because they could not find child care and therefore could not satisfy their welfare work requirements, and she’s gotten those benefits restored.
Liz has represented victims of domestic violence seeking orders of protection from their abusers and she’s a former volunteer at Middleway House women’s shelter. She’s worked on policy reforms to better meet the needs of pregnant and parenting teens as well.
In Congress, Liz will hit the ground running passing laws to help women and families succeed. She’s not only knows how, she’s dedicated her life to fighting for women and families.
PUTTING WOMEN IN CONTROL OF THEIR HEALTH CARE DECISIONS
Liz believes strongly that every woman should make her own decisions about her health care.
Liz will stand up for reproductive justice and a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body. Liz will protect Planned Parenthood from attacks and insist on providing full funding for the full range of women’s health services. For more information on Liz’s plans, check out Liz’s Health care page.
FIGHTING FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY
Liz is currently teaching employment discrimination law at Indiana University. She is a strong believer in achieving equality for women in the workplace from equal pay to ending sexual harassment to helping working people juggle work and family life. Liz also recognizes the profound impacts of segregating women into lower-paying jobs that leave them less able to provide for their families and save for retirement. Liz believes in securing equal opportunity in education and employment for all girls and young women. Liz recognizes that women of color are most likely to be in the very lowest-paying jobs doing some of the most important work there is – caring for children, our seniors, and people with disabilities, for example. She will fight to ensure that women in these jobs are treated with dignity and paid a living wage. For more information on Liz’s plans check out Liz’s Strong Schools and Good Jobs webpages.
WORKING TO END TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Liz will work to ensure full funding under the Violence Against Women Act for prevention and intervention related to domestic violence and sexual assault. Liz will also support funding law enforcement to appropriately address violence against women.