The Ohio Women's Public Policy Network Voter Guide

Candidates For

Governor and Lieutenant Governor

Richard Cordray and Betty Sutton

Question 1

What are three policy initiatives you support to promote economic security for women and their families?

Answer

This dedication to uplifting women and girls goes beyond paying attention to “women’s issues,” it means implementing a concerted, focused plan to root out inequalities in every facet of daily life. Issues we would focus on immediately include pay equity, increasing the minimum wage, paid family and medical leave, child care assistance, and access to quality early childhood education. Betty and I will establish the Ohio Commission on Women & Girls, a permanent body responsible for advancing the representation of women and girls in state government and ensuring all women and girls in Ohio are encouraged, empowered, and able to achieve their full potential.

Women and girls in Ohio continue to face gender inequities that hold them back from reaching their full potential. In turn, our state fails to reach its full potential as well. Despite that over half of Ohio’s citizens are women, and that it’s been almost 100 years since women received the right to vote, significant disparities still exist in health, safety, education, economic opportunity, and the workplace.

“Women’s issues” are economic issues. Issues affecting women matter to their children and families as well. If women were paid equally to men for comparable work, poverty among Ohio women would be reduced by nearly half.

We also will task the Commission with ensuring that women have full participation at every table of state government and that Ohio’s laws, practices, and working conditions take into consideration the rights of women and girls.

Question 2

What are three of your legislative priorities to address issues facing women in the workplace?

Answer

According to the Institute of Women’s Policy Research, Ohio women who hold full-time year-round jobs currently make 75 cents for every dollar paid to men for comparable work. For Ohio women of color, the pay gap is even larger – African American women earn 64.4 cents to the dollar and Latina women 60.8 cents. That is unconscionable. Nearly two-thirds of working women in Ohio are the breadwinners for their families, yet across the state, our workplace policies are still rooted in a bygone era. We must fundamentally change the status quo by expanding opportunities provided to women and by changing workplace conditions so that women can work, advance in their careers, and be compensated fairly.

Violence against women adds to the challenges facing too many women, damaging survivors’ health and wellbeing. Women across the nation are estimated to lose 8 million days of paid work annually due to domestic or sexual violence. Ohio needs to do more to empower women to seek assistance and leave violent situations while maintaining employment and housing stability.

All Ohio workers, including women, have a right to work in a safe workplace, free of sexual harassment and violence. Ohio must be a state committed to fighting sexual harassment and sexual assault by implementing policies that prevent quid-pro-quo harassment and hostile work environments. Ending the days of silencing victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault across our state will be a meaningful step forward, and that is what our administration seeks to do.

Question 3

What are three policy issues you support to improve access to and the affordability of healthcare for women?

Answer

Protections for women in healthcare coverage is essential to maintaining strong and healthy families and communities. Before the Affordable Care Act, women in Ohio were charged up to 50% more than men for health insurance. Even as women work hard to build a life for themselves and their families, every day is another day that Republican legislators could strip away their access to quality, affordable health care. As a Congresswoman, Betty helped pass the ACA and offered the amendment to stop discrimination based on pre-existing conditions. Betty and I will not allow our state to go backward, fighting tirelessly to ensure equality in all aspects of life for Ohio’s women.

Maintaining Ohio’s Medicaid expansion and increasing coverage under the CHIP program are crucial to protecting healthcare for women and families. We will support funding for family-planning services and oppose disqualification of abortion providers (including Planned Parenthood health centers) from participating in health-care programs or receiving grants to provide health services.

During our years in public service, Betty and I have been strong advocates for and defenders of the reproductive freedom of every woman in Ohio. In leading Ohio forward, we will continue to be strong and vocal pro-choice champions.

The state legislature has adopted 21 restrictions on reproductive rights in 7 years, leaving little or no bandwidth to address women’s health issues. We need to focus on important issues of pre-natal care, post-natal care, infant mortality, and broader issues of women’s health that matter most to women and their families.

CAMPAIGN EMAIL : info@cordrayforohio.com

PHONE : (614) 505-9334

https://cordrayforohio.com/

Constance Gadell-Newton and Brett Joseph

Question 1

What are three policy initiatives you support to promote economic security for women and their families?

Answer

I support increasing the minimum wage in Ohio to $15/hr. Since most minimum wage workers are women, this would have a huge impact on many female workers.

I support paid sick leave and paid family leave for family workers, including maternity and paternity leave and leave to take care of family members in need of care.

I want to ensure that women enjoy civil rights in a work place free from harassment and support anti-discrimination initiatives and an Equal Rights Amendment in Ohio. Sexual harassment in the work place limits career opportunities for women.

I support good quality, free public education from Pre-K to college. Good quality public pre-school will allow women to return to work sooner and rest assured their children are getting a good quality early education.

Question 2

What are three of your legislative priorities to address issues facing women in the workplace?

Answer

Sexual harassment in the work place limits career opportunities for women. I want to ensure that women enjoy civil rights in a work place free from harassment. I support anti-discrimination initiatives and an Equal Rights Amendment in Ohio.

Women continue to earn less than their male counterparts despite having more education. Ohio lags behind the nation average in wage equality, with women and men of color lagging even further behind. While women are often more competent than men in many areas, men receive more credit and recognition in the workplace. I support wage transparency in the work place as a way to ensure that women have access to information necessary for salary negotiations. Wage discrimination should be illegal in Ohio and an equal wage for women and people of color should be enforced.

I want to empower women in my administration by putting women into positions of power. Women can be great leaders and can do a lot to empower themselves and empower other women. Together we will lead by example and show girls that they too can be empowered and make a difference.

Question 3

What are three policy issues you support to improve access to and the affordability of healthcare for women?

Answer

We view health care as a human right. We are in favor of Universal Health care or Medicare for all in Ohio. We support increased funding for public health resources for all Ohioans.

Medicare for all in Ohio. We support increased funding for public health resources for all Ohioans. We believe that access to comprehensive reproductive health care is essential for people of all genders. We support a woman’s right to choose, and we support the right to self-determination for people of color communities and the disabled. We believe that reproductive freedom means not only the right to contraception and termination of pregnancy, but also the right to have children if you want to. We oppose forced sterilization and eugenics. We want to support Ohioans in having children and supporting their families.

We want an Ohio health care system that provides excellent care to new moms and babies, with an emphasis on preventing infant and new mother mortality and addressing postpartum depression.

 

CAMPAIGN EMAIL : elect.conniegadell@gmail.com

PHONE : 614-288-1082

www.ConstanceforOhio.org

Mike DeWine and Jon Husted

Question 1

What are three policy initiatives you support to promote economic security for women and their families?

Answer

Ohio is a great state, but we have some challenges that are impacting the economic security of our families – the opioid epidemic and the education/skills gap. Addressing these challenges is vital not only for the economic security of women, but also for the well-being of all our families and the future of our state.

We have far too many adults in this state who are not living up to their God-given potential because they are addicted to drugs — and because of that, they suffer, their children suffer, and they don’t contribute as much as they could if they were healthy. Mike DeWine and Jon Husted intend to change that with a 12-point, comprehensive action plan that fights the drug crisis by focusing on prevention education, treatment, and increased resources for law enforcement.

Just 40% of children arrive at Kindergarten ready to learn. The affects their ability to learn throughout the rest of their time in school. So, it is not surprising that only 43% of adults have an industry-recognized credential or higher. If we are going to create a workforce of the future, we have to start early, even before a child is born. Through evidence-based home visiting, we will ensure moms receive the prenatal care they need for a health pregnancy. Moms then would receive support and connections to parenting classes, job training, and social services. We will also expand access to quality childcare for families up to 150% of the federal poverty level. Quality childcare helps children…

 

Question 2

What are three of your legislative priorities to address issues facing women in the workplace?

Answer

One of my top legislative priorities will be to declare a state of emergency for the opioid epidemic. This legislation will also give the Governor authority to direct funds and develop programs to combat the opioid crisis. This will help direct resources quickly and strategically to support law enforcement, the medical profession, the foster care system, recovery supports, employers, and families.

Additionally, my first budget will include numerous line items that impact women in the workplace. Healthcare, childcare, home visiting, job training, improved and streamlined government services, and investment in Ohio’s schools and communities will all be part of that budget, and it will deeply impact and benefit all Ohioans. Through this first budget, my administration will lay the foundation for a future of economic growth and reinvestment in Ohio’s children, especially our most at-risk kids.

I encourage everyone to visit www.MikeDeWine.com to see our plans to build an Ohio that works for everyone.

 

Question 3

What are three policy issues you support to improve access to and the affordability of healthcare for women?

Answer

Combating the opioid crisis is a key priority for the DeWine-Husted Administration. It impacts our healthcare and other systems for women of all ages who urgently need prevention education, treatment, and recovery services. Providing better support to pregnant women who are addicted will help prevent babies from being born exposed to drugs and children from growing up without their parents. Mike DeWine has a comprehensive, 12-point plan that addresses the crisis.

Furthermore, Mike DeWine has been clear that he supports protecting healthcare coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions. He knows that health insurance needs to be there when people need it the most. That includes the traditional Medicaid program, which is designed to primarily take care of the elderly, people with disabilities, and children. In addition to supporting coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, the DeWine-Husted Administration will keep extended Medicaid coverage for adults and continue to reform the program, find ways to improve it for the people it serves, and make the program stronger for the future.

Finally, mental health is equally important as physical health, yet far too few Ohioans – especially young people – receive the mental health services they need. This can make our schools and communities unsafe. Mike DeWine and Jon Husted support placing a mental health professional in every school to help prevent violence and drug abuse and help young people with other mental health issues, such as depression.

CAMPAIGN EMAIL : info@mikedewine.com

PHONE : 614-395-0482

www.mikedewine.com

Travis M. Irvine and J. Todd Grayson

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