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Rep. Chu honoring local Women of Distinction

Women's Rights

When women succeed, we all succeed. That is why I am fighting so that women who do the same work as men earn equal pay. Taking care of a sick child or going through pregnancy should not mean having to lose out on badly needed funds. And healthcare choices should be made by women, not their employers.

I am pushing for a Women’s Economic Agenda, which would bring today's policies on minimum wage, child care and paid leave into the modern age. The fact is that today, women still earn just 80 cents for every dollar their men earn. And for women of color, this number is even lower. We must also improve access to affordable childcare. Too many women have to choose between a paycheck and making sure that their children are properly cared for.

That is why I was so proud to vote for H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would guarantee equal pay for equal work. This was one of House Democrat’s top priorities in the new Majority, and we are urging the Senate to take up this historic legislation. 

I also believe that it’s time for the U.S. to join the 145 other countries who offer all workers paid sick days and family leave policies. Our country is one of four countries that don't offer paid leave to new mothers. I am pushing for policies that would make paid sick leave, and paid family and medical leave the standard in this country. As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over these issues, I am fighting to ensure that American working families have the time off they need. 

Women’s Health

Nobody’s rights should be determined by their zip code, but in recent years, numerous state legislatures have taken action to impede a woman’s constitutional right to access safe, legal abortions. That is why I introduced the Women’s Health Protection Act, the most supported pro-choice bill in Congress. This bill creates federal protections against state laws that fail to protect women’s health and that intrude upon personal decision-making. It prohibits medically unwarranted restrictions that single out abortion services or the facilities that provide them. We have seen an unprecedented number of state-based attacks on a woman’s right to choose, and the Women’s Health Protection Act is our way to fight back. 

And as Chair of the Contraception and Family Planning Task Force of the Pro Choice Caucus, I am fighting to ensure that women have access to birth control so they can decide when and where to have a child. I firmly believe we should be investing in evidenced-based public health programs like the Title X Family Planning Program, but without imposing so-called “gag rules” that prevent doctors from giving their patients complete and accurate medical information. I also strongly support comprehensive sex education and the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, so that our young people have medically accurate information that help them make the best and safest decisions for themselves. These programs provide comprehensive sex education, cancer and STI screenings, and access to contraception for low-income Americans. And I’m fighting to ensure a woman’s decision to access contraception is between her and her doctor, not her and her boss. 

More on Women's Rights

September 24, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – For the first time ever, the House of Representatives today voted to make access to abortion care a federally protected right. The Women’s Health Protection Act, introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), Lois Franke (D-FL), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Veronica Escobar (D-TX), would guarantee equal access to abortion, everywhere and would prevent extreme anti-choice laws like the recent bans passed in Texas and Mississippi.

June 8, 2021 Press Release

Legislation would safeguard against anti-abortion laws like Mississippi’s 15-week ban to be argued in front of the Supreme Court next year


Members joined leading health advocates at a press conference to announce the introduction of the Women’s Health Protection Act


May 24, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC — On Saturday, May 22, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) hosted the Congressional Women of the Year Awards Ceremony to honor local women in the San Gabriel Valley who have contributed to the community through service, organizing, or leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. The award is given to women nominated by people in their own cities and communities. Rep. Chu released the following statement:


May 19, 2021 Press Release

Legislation would guarantee equal access to abortion, everywhere by safeguarding against anti-abortion laws like Mississippi’s 15-week ban


April 20, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON  Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) today introduced the Providing Real Opportunities for Growth to Rising Entrepreneurs for Sustained Success (PROGRESS) Act to help female entrepreneurs access the capital needed to start their businesses. A companion bill was introduced in the Senate by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV).


January 28, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Joe Biden issued Executive Orders to promote and improve access to healthcare, including lifting restrictions on abortion access domestically and internationally. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) issued the following statement:

July 8, 2020 In The News

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday that sides with the Trump administration's choice to exempt employers from providing their workers with free contraceptive left Democrats so furious, a group of women lawmakers immediately planned to file legislation to undo the high court's verdict.

July 8, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – In an immediate response to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Trump administration’s controversial rule that allows employers to refuse to cover their employees’ birth control under their company health insurance plan, a group of federal lawmakers announced today they will be filing new legislation tomorrow to repeal the rules before they can take effect.

July 2, 2020 In The News

“Abortion access is a right. That means it should not be available just to those who can afford it," said Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.). "House Democrats have done more than ever before to protect the rights of all women, and I believe that should include the ultimate repeal of the Hyde Amendment.”