Women’s rights are human rights. All women deserve the rights that allow us to participate fully in our society, including equal access to workplace safety, equal pay, paid parental leave, and full access to healthcare. Women have fought for our right to be treated equally and to be able to vote. Learning from the past, we realize that now is not the time to back down.
The women of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s were met with violence and threats while advocating for equal rights. Despite the tremendous progress made in the struggle for gender equality, women still face violence, discrimination, and sexual harassment, which create institutional barriers to equal participation in society. We must continue to educate individuals and groups who erect barriers against women, or who believe women are no longer in danger of losing their rights or their lives.
Survivors of gender-based discrimination and violence face challenges when police, schools, landlords, and other institutions fail to adequately address and prevent violence and sexual harassment. We must address and educate when laws and policies penalize survivors of gender-based discrimination and violence, impeding the ability of women and girls to live safely and with dignity.
We live in a state that supports women’s rights; we must continue to protect those rights by voting for representatives who are in this fight with us. Let us all honor the women who have fought, were cast out of society, and have lost their lives to create a safe and equitable society for all women to thrive in.
We should always fight for and protect the constitutional right to privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices. It is not the place of legislators to make reproductive choices for citizens, but to ensure that our citizens can make those choices safely and privately, like all other major medical decisions.
Women should have the right to healthcare, including those services related to their reproductive health, such as prenatal care, access to birth control, or abortion. Private health decisions should never be a public discussion.
We are facing a maternal mortality crisis in America. According to the CDC, our maternal mortality rates have doubled in the last thirty years. For moms of color, particularly those living in low economic areas, it’s an epidemic. The data shows that women of color are three to four times more likely than white women to die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes. These discrepancies in healthcare outcomes must be addressed.
Collectively we must build a future that protects the rights of all women to make informed decisions about their reproductive health, ensures the safety of all mothers, and provides a safe, healthy environment to raise the next generation in.
Healthcare should be about caring for a person and treating their symptoms. In 1973 President Nixon made the healthcare industry into a for profit business instead of a service, effectively turning patients into customers.
Rising healthcare costs are forcing people to make tough decisions for themselves and their families. Many are choosing not to go to the doctor when symptoms arise, or deny treatment altogether. Healthcare should not put people in financial ruins. We need to work on providing healthcare to all, no matter their financial background. We must treat people with dignity during a time when life seems dark. Providing an option like Medicare for all at a reasonable premiums, can help improve the mental and physical health of our citizens.
“The authors of the Declaration of Independence outlined a bold vision for America: a nation in which there would be equal justice for all.” —ACLU.
Generations after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, we are still fighting for all to be treated equally and with dignity. We have laws for the racial and civil rights for all, but they are not always followed or enforced. Racism is taught from a very young age. Bigotry and systemic inequalities must be addressed on multiple fronts to ensure the civil rights of all Delawareans.
The community of District 14 is vibrant and diverse. We must educate people on the systematic inequalities that affect people of color—from receiving unequal access to education and community resources to being disproportionately targeted for crimes and incarcerated. Everyone must be treated equal for everyone to be free.
Now more than ever, we are feeling the effects of climate change and our fossil fuel dependent economy. Our natural resources, like clean water, have been tainted by years of pollution. Renewable energy options like solar and wind power provide many benefits and is an ever-increasing part of our overall energy options.
Green energy has a much lower impact on public health and the environment than electricity produced from fossil fuel and nuclear resources. It emits little to no air emissions, it does not produce harmful radioactive waste, and its fuel sources do not need to be mined or extracted from the earth through drilling or fracking.
We need legislation to protect our citizens and land from the damaging effects of pollution, and to provide a way forward for District 14.
Sexual orientation and gender identity should have no impact on the rights or respect one is afforded in our nation. Rights protecting individuals who identify as LGBT—often discussed as gay rights—are human rights. I will protect the rights and dignity of LGBT members of District 14.
Although we have a strong foundation, the education system has the potential to be vastly improved in Delaware.
As a mother of two, I am familiar with the costs of education, even in public schools. The school list to help prepare our children for the school year is getting longer every year and I’m still seeing teachers spend their own money on supplies.
Families with one child spending $200 to get the school year started is not so bad. But, when you have 4 or 5 children that are all school age, it can put a strain on the family. Our children are our most important assets, we need to invest in them. I know strong schools are the backbone of a strong community.
I’ll be a champion for all our students and the resources they need to thrive:
Expanding universal pre-kindergarten so that every child gets a strong start
Raising salaries for teachers and the vital staff in all our schools
Investing in the arts and after-school programs that keep kids engaged
Expanding apprenticeships and technical training for modern careers
Restoring state support for public colleges to reverse rising tuition prices
Additionally, we need to make sure that every eligible kid has access to transportation to start them out to be successful. We can create any amount of programs, but if we can’t get kids there then the programs will never work. We need to provide young people in District 14 with every opportunity to succeed.