SCHAUMBURG–(ENEWSPF)–August 26, 2016. Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) issued the following statement in recognition of the 96th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The anniversary is now also known as Women’s Equality Day.
“On Women’s Equality Day, we should celebrate the successes and hard work of women who have worked and those who continue to work promoting the quintessential American ideal of equality,” said Duckworth. “We should also use this day to push for action on the policies both women and men need to live up to the ideals of our nation. I’m working to help pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to help close the wage gap by ensuring men and women earn equal pay for equal work as well as my Military Parental Leave Modernization Act, which would help provide our military families with equitable parental leave policies so that all sons and daughters of military families have the same opportunity to bond with their new parents.”
During her time in Congress, Duckworth has strongly advocated for equality and offered a number of policies to support women and all working families. Duckworth’s proposals include legislation to expand access to on-campus child care for the 1 in 4 college students who are also parents, to improve and simplify military parental leave policies for all new mothers and fathers and to ensure mothers are able use clean, safe accessible lactation rooms while traveling through our nation’s airports.
Additional information about Congresswoman Duckworth’s working family legislation follows:
The Duckworth-Clark Child Care Access Means Parent in Schools (CCAMPIS)Reauthorization Act would help increase access to on-campus child care for student parents, who make up more than one quarter of all college students in America. Despite the growing number of student parents enrolled in postsecondary education programs, access to affordable on-campus child care services has dwindled since 2003. This legislation would help reverse that trend by reauthorizing and fully funding the only federal program that supports on-campus child care services.
Duckworth’s Military Parental Leave Modernization Act would help the DoD improve its ability to recruit and retain talented Americans by modernizing, expanding and simplifying the parental leave benefits provided to the men and women who choose to serve in our Armed Forces while also helping improve military readiness and workforce competitiveness. A factsheet about the Congresswoman’s new legislation is available here.
Duckworth’s Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act would ensure breastfeeding mothers traveling through large- and medium-sized airports have accessible, clean and convenient lactation rooms to use. The FAM Act, which has 62 bipartisan cosponsors in the House and is endorsed by several public health organizations, passed the Senate earlier this year and will now return to the House for consideration as part of the FAA Reauthorization Act.