Here’s the Problem
I was in high school when Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the majority opinion that allowed women to attend Virginia Military Institute, which previously barred women from attending. It was that opinion that allowed me to attend VMI, where I eventually became one of the first women to graduate from the Institute.
That same principle has motivated so much of my work and guides me to blaze trails where one doesn’t exist. I ran for office while pregnant with twins. I led the fight to have Virginia be the 38th and final state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Now, I’m running to become the first Black woman governor in Virginia and the United States.
There are far too many barriers in the way for women, and especially women of color, to achieve their dreams. Women are still treated as second-class citizens. We face attacks on our ability to plan a family, get paid equally, and be treated with respect in the workplace.
My Plans as Governor
As Governor, I will continue to do everything I can to expand opportunities for women. I’ll fight for reproductive freedom, which means protecting and expanding access to abortion and contraception, ensuring Virginians have healthy pregnancies, and safe communities in which to raise their children. I’ll fight for equal pay and paid family leave, so women don’t have to choose between a paycheck and caring for a loved one.
My Record & Experience
Alongside my work leading the charge to make Virginia the 38th and final state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, I’ve made concrete changes to advance equality for all Virginians. Reflecting on my work, I’m glad to say that I’ve been on the frontier of gender equality in Virginia. I can’t wait to get even more done as Virginia’s first female governor.
As a Delegate, I:
- Led the charge for the Reproductive Health Protection Act to preserve reproductive freedom and removed politically motivated restrictions on abortion.
- Pushed forward legislation to establish equality in our school dress codes, ensuring restrictions that promote a safe school environment that respects students’ religious and ethnic differences.
- Advocated for paid family and medical leave.
- Passed the Pregnant Worker Fairness Act, requiring all employers to offer commonsense accommodations to pregnant workers.
- Passed legislation to reduce the black maternal mortality rate.
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