Working for Women’s Health, Education and Economic Empowerment

America has made great strides in ensuring that women and girls have equal access to opportunity, but there is much left to do. Women still only make 78 cents on the dollar compared to men. The United States lags many of our peer nations when it comes to providing mandatory sick leave and paid maternity leave. And a woman’s right to make her own reproductive choices is under constant attack. Every legislator must be persuaded to fight for progress on these and other issues, but we can accelerate that progress by electing more women at all levels of government.

Sarbanes Authored

  • Government By the People Act (H.R. 20)

    • Creates a new way of funding campaigns where small donors and matching funds power our political candidates, making it easier for women to run for office, compete and win!

Sarbanes Co-Sponsored

  • Women's Health Protection Act of 2015 (H.R. 448)

    • Prohibits states from imposing restrictions on abortion that apply to no similar medical care, interfere with patient’s personal decision-making, and block access to safe, legal abortion care.
  • Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) (H.J. Res. 52)

    • Offers Constitutional amendment to provide equal rights for women.
  • Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R.1519)

    • Updates and strengthens the Equal Pay Act (EPA) of 1963 to ensure effective protection against sex-based pay discrimination.
  • Campus Sexual Violence Prevention (H.R. 2680)

    • Amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to strengthen prevention and enforcement efforts to significantly reduce campus sexual violence.
  • Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 2654)

    • Combats discrimination in the workplace by ensuring reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers or workers who have a medical issue due to pregnancy.
  • Healthy Families Act (H.R. 932) & Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (H.R. 1439)

    • Would allow workers to earn paid sick leave and would establish a national paid family and medical leave insurance program so workers no longer have to choose between a paycheck and caring for themselves or a family member.

Sarbanes Voted

  • FOR the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (Became Law 2009)

    • Watershed legislation restoring pay discrimination claims, which otherwise would be time-barred by ruling of the U.S Supreme Court in case of Lilly Ledbetter vs. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.
  • AGAINST Defund Planned Parenthood Act (H.R. 3134)

    • This bill would place a one-year prohibition on all federal funding to Planned Parenthood or any of its affiliates or clinics, unless they certify that they will not perform abortions during such period.

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Congressman John Sarbanes has received a 100% on the Congressional scorecards of Planned Parenthood, NARAL, Federally Employed Women, & the American Association of University Women.