Madison – Obama for America today launched Women for Obama, a coalition of Wisconsinites committed to strengthening our economy from the middle out, protecting equal rights for women, investing in education and innovation and re-electing President Barack Obama.
“I’m standing with President Barack Obama because he’s standing up for me, my mom, my daughters and all women across Wisconsin,” said State Senator Julie Lassa. “The President believes that every woman in America deserves an equal shot at success and he’s working to ensure that my daughters aren’t discriminated against in school, in the workplace or in the doctor’s office because of their gender.”
According to the National Partnership on Women and Families, women in Wisconsin on average earn $10,033 less annually than male workers, which amounts to over $8 billion in lost wages for Wisconsin’s working women and their families each year. That’s why President Obama pushed for and signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, which helps ensure women can get the same pay as men for doing the same work and he the supports the Paycheck Fairness Act. The President also established the Equal Pay Task Force to enhance enforcement of equal pay laws and helped increase the participation of women and girls in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math).
Additionally, the President’s health care reforms end gender discrimination, increase health coverage and bring down health care costs for women and all Americans. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Medicare is strengthened for 930,000 Wisconsin seniors, 413,000 women in Wisconsin have seen coverage expand and 310,000 Wisconsin children with pre-existing conditions can’t be denied coverage. Women will also be able to receive preventive services without co-pays or deductibles, including maternity screenings, mammograms, and well-woman visits and insurance for birth control will be guaranteed.
“I’m scared that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to take away the progress we’ve made in preventing gender discrimination and I don’t want my children or grandchildren limited because they’re female. I’m absolutely horrified that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan think it’s OK to pay women less than men for doing the same job and I strongly applaud President Obama’s efforts to level the playing field for everyone,” explained State Representative Janis Ringhand. Paul Ryan voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act in Congress and Mitt Romney has refused to say whether he would have signed this bill into law.
With 50 days until November 6th, Wisconsin voters have an important decision to make and Women for Obama is ensuring their voices are heard. The President, like women across Wisconsin, understand that we need an economy built to last ― that creates jobs of the future, ensures equal pay for equal work, rewards hard work and responsibility and grows our economy from the middle out.