WELLESLEY – Joe Kennedy was joined by Vicki Reggie Kennedy, wife of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, for a “Women for Joe” campaign event at Wellesley College tonight. The event, which brought together women from across the 4th District, coincided with the release of Joe’s position paper on women’s issues.
“My opponent is fundamentally out of step with the women of the 4th District,” said Joe. “He has said he wishes Roe v. Wade wasn’t around at all. He is part of a national Republican party that wants to take away a women’s right to choose, defund women’s health services at Planned Parenthood, and block efforts to close the gender pay gap. That’s exactly the mindset we can’t afford in Washington. If elected, I will stand for—and with—the women of the 4th District and fight to guarantee that our daughters have the very same opportunities as our sons.”
Defending women’s rights is a cornerstone of Joe’s goal to fight for fairness and equality in Washington. Joe firmly believes that fighting for women means championing our working families, protecting our local communities, and strengthening our economy.
At a time when women are making up a full half of today’s workforce, Joe believes we need to do everything possible to make sure they receive fair treatment and just compensation. That includes supporting legislation like the historic Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act, to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work and have clear courses of action to hold their employers accountable to this basic standard.
Joe also supports initiatives to bring greater flexibility to the workplace for both men and women, as well as increasing access to excellent and affordable early childhood education and care. He believes that giving families the tools they need to balance their responsibilities inside and outside the office is an economic priority.
Joe considers a women’s right to choose a matter of fundamental personal liberty and will always go to battle to protect it. He will fight Republican-led attempts to limit women’s access to safe, confidential reproductive care and defund Planned Parenthood, which delivers important, life-saving services to women across the country everyday.
Joe also strongly supports the Affordable Care Act, which made unprecedented advances in women’s health coverage. In addition to making crucial services such as birth control, contraception, mammograms, and cervical cancer screenings available to women without co-pay or deductibles, the law made sure that being a woman will never be a pre-condition for health insurance.
As a former prosecutor, Joe has seen the devastating impact of domestic violence on families. He will fight to shore up legal protections against these crimes and to pass a stronger, more inclusive Violence Against Women Act.
Read Joe’s full policy paper on fighting for fairness for women.
Joe Kennedy is the Democratic nominee in the 4th Congressional District of Massachusetts. In September, Joe won the Democratic primary with over 90 percent of the vote. He has held over 260 events across the 4th District, speaking directly with voters in every city and town. Out on the trail, he has stressed the importance of creating jobs, investing in education, getting our national debt under control, and bringing basic fairness back into our system. The campaign has opened five offices across the district, signed up over 4,600 volunteers, knocked on over 75,000 doors and made more than 415,000 phone calls.
Joe has also earned the endorsements of NARAL Pro-Choice America, the State Police Association of Massachusetts, the Sierra Club, the Massachusetts Coalition of Police, the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Nurses Association, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the Human Rights Campaign, Planned Parenthood, the Bay State Stonewall Democrats, the SEIU state council and the Massachusetts AFL-CIO.