Level the playing field

I spent my childhood watching my parents — who both served terms as president of Planned Parenthood of Bucks County — fight to empower women and girls here in Pennsylvania and eventually on a global scale through our family’s international nonprofit, the Wallace Global Fund.

Our foundation is dedicated to advancing women’s rights, fighting against harmful patriarchal practices like child marriage and female genital mutilation, and promoting access to family planning and girls’ education — which is critical to ensuring that women have agency over their own bodies and can participate fully in society.

Today, on International Women’s Day, I am reminded that while we have made progress, we have so much more work to do to level the playing field for women and girls.

I have spent the past decade fighting for women’s rights around the world and I am running for Congress to fight for the rights of women in Pennsylvania.

 

When we empower women and girls, we are empowering our next generation of leaders and ensuring that they have the right to self-determination in this world. This is powerfully resonant with me because of my mother’s passion and because of my own daughters.

America has made great strides in women’s empowerment, but with Donald Trump at the helm, we are backsliding as never before. Nineteen women accusers, hush money to a porn star, and what’s the reaction of my Republican opponent, Brian Fitzpatrick? Empty blather about “standing with the victims of sexual harassment,” but zero condemnation, zero action. Trump is enabled, and the Republican Congress is complicit.

I won’t stand for this culture of disrespect and misogyny, or for this attack on women’s rights. When I am in Congress, I will fight for pay equity, reproductive rights, and paid family and medical leave.

It’s time for new leadership. I’ve fought for women’s rights around the world and why I’m ready to take that fight to Congress.