Texas women deserve political representation as bold, tough, hard working and competent as they are.
Our party is proud to be represented by fierce Democratic women like Governor Ann Richards, Representative Barbara Jordan, Senator Wendy Davis, Senator Garcia, Senator Van de Putte and State Representative Jessica Farrar, along many many others.
Texas women deserve leaders that work to ensure we get a fair shot at economic security and who fight to preserve our personal freedom. We work tirelessly to advance issues that matter most to women of all ages and cultures, like equal pay for equal work, protecting our right to make private medical decisions, eliminating sexual assault and violence against women, and prosecuting all that do us harm to the fullest extent of the law.
If you work hard and play by the rules, you deserve equal pay for equal work. In 2011, women in Texas made 70 cents for every $1 that men made, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. We believe that Texan women have a right to receive fair pay of their work -- because fairness is a Texan value. Women should never face discrimination in the workplace because of their gender or healthcare choices.
Texas women are strong and can make their own decisions when it comes to their health. We believe these are individual and private decisions. Texas Democrats support family planning funding for contraceptives and preventive healthcare in licensed medical facilities, and support the right to acquire contraceptives through workplace-based insurance. We support funding programs that reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies in Texas.
The economic security of our families is a core belief of the Texas Democratic Party. We want to help every parent be able to provide housing, nutrition, clothing and healthcare for his or her family. The economic security of many of our families depends on affordable, quality childcare for our children as well as strong child support enforcement. Our party supports strict consumer protections and easing family budgets by ending paycheck and other forms of predatory lending and reducing the cost of utility bills.
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