To The Daily News,
Saturday, Dec. 12, will be the Women's Day of Action in support of Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders. Throughout New Hampshire, events will be taking place highlighting Senator Sanders' longstanding commitment to women's rights and to policies benefiting women and families. Volunteers will also be gathering at the Laconia Campaign Office at 62 Canal St., starting at 10 a.m., to talk about some of these issues and to participate in phone banks and canvassing. Sanders supporters and others who want to learn more are encouraged to stop in.
So why Bernie Sanders? More specifically, why is Bernie the best choice when it comes to issues primarily affecting women?
Throughout Bernie's political career, he has been a consistent advocate for women. He has voted to protect women's right to choose and to have control over their own bodies. He has supported Planned Parenthood, which provides quality health care, including not only gynecological services but breast cancer exams and PAP tests, and services for low income pregnant women under the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) federal program (a program under repeated attack by Republicans). Sen. Sanders supports the expansion of services under the Violence Against Women Act (which addresses domestic and sexual violence against women) as well as the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act.
Bernie Sanders wants to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. Two-thirds of minimum wage earners are women. Currently, full-time women workers earn 78 cents for every $1 earned by men. This is why Sanders supports the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would provide procedural remedies for wage disparity based on sex discrimination.
Senator Sanders also supports providing 12 weeks of paid family leave after the birth of a child.
Is there any wonder why Bernie Sanders has received the endorsement of the Working Families Party? Started in New York State in 1998, the WFP now has chapters in 10 states and a huge supporter base. This is the first time that organization has formally backed a candidate in a national election, with over 87 percent of the WFP membership voting for Sen. Sanders.
Policies that are good for women are good for families. Policies that are good for families are good for America. Some politicians speak loudly about "family values" and then vote against every policy that actually helps families. Bernie Sanders is the true family values candidate.
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