Today, women still earn just 82 cents to every dollar a man makes. America is currently ranked 49th in the world in terms of gender equality. We’re also the only industrialized country without paid family leave.
Yes - we can do better! My policy paper on this topic is here
Strong, intelligent, vibrant and empowered women have a huge hand in supporting me.
My wife, Seema does the political tango with me, my partner in this journey and inspires me every day with her wisdom, her spirit, and her accomplishments, both as a Senior Director of Product Marketing for a global tech company, and as a scholar, who earned a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University. Without her love and support, I would not be able to take on the difficult challenge of running for any office, let alone United States Congress or in succeeding with my community objectives. Her leadership and innovation during this run, are a source of huge strength and a differentiator for our campaign team.
As a feminist, I empower ALL women and girls in our society, and I will help ensure that all women have the ability to reach their potential without facing discriminatory attitudes, laws or socio-economic structures. In Congress, I will work to break the glass ceiling — I will fight to close the wage and promotion gap, fight for better opportunities in STEM for women, and fight to ensure that women universally get paid maternity leave.
Protecting Sexual Assault Victims: We need to make sure that our government stands up strong for the rights of sexual assault victims, and I support all neccesary steps to curbing sexual assault. I was one of the first people to call for the recall of Judge Aaron Persky, whose awful verdict allowed rapist Brock Turner to get away with the heinous assault he committed with a light sentence. Rep. Anna Eshoo, on the other hand, opposed the recall of Aaron Perksy. Furthermore, she voted against HR 1960 in 2013 which makes it easier to punish sexual assaulters in the military, and provides for protection and counseling for assault victims. These positions are a step in the wrong direction for gender equality.