Women's Issues

52 Women are killed by an intimate partner every month in the US.

This is a frightening national statistic.  And in Ohio the most recent study by the Ohio Domestic Violence Network from July 2017-July 2018, in Ohio, there were:

  • 91 fatalities. 
  • 30% of those involved suicide.
  • All completed suicide/homicides were perpetrated by males against 45 women.
  • And all homicide/suicide fatalities involved a gun. 

I will work to strengthen domestic violence laws in Ohio, because in at least 46% of the fatalities the victim had ended or was in the process of ending the relationship. Making sure Women and Children are safe is personal.  My mother was a victim of domestic violence as was myself and my siblings. I will stand up and fight for those who can't.

There are bills right now at the State Legislation that are sitting in committee. Ohio needs real leadership at the state level to move these bills onto the Governor's desk.  Some of these bills are:

  • SB43 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE-FIREARMS RESTRICTIONS, STRANGULATION
  • SB28 PROTECTION ORDER VIOLATION PENALTIES
  • SB19 EXTREME RISK PROTECTION ORDER
  • HB3 AISHA'S LAW - DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
  • HB279 STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS-RAPE
  • HB298 STATUTE OF LIMITATION-CHILD ABUSE


In 2018, Women earned 81.6¢ to every $1 earned by Men.

I grew up in a family dominated by men and I have worked primarily in male dominated industries. I know first hand the discrimination of pay, promotion, and sexism between women and men.  I never spoke about my children at work in fear of it making me look like I had other priorities. I always outworked my male co-workers to prove I could do the next level job, yet I was kept in the "female" office positions. To highlight the struggles of the working women out there, Lean In has completed the largest study of the State of Women in the Workplace.  I have a couple statistics below:

  • Only about a third of employees who’ve seen bias over the past year spoke up personally to challenge it—and less than a quarter say someone else did. 
  • 1 in 4 women think their gender has played a role in missing out on a raise, promotion or chance to get ahead. 
  • We can add 1 million more women to management in corporate America over the next five years if women are hired and promoted to manager at the same rates as men. 
  • Commitment to racial diversity is similar to commitment to gender diversity: 77% of companies, 59% of managers, and 56% of employees say it is a high priority.  
  • Only about a third of employees who’ve seen bias over the past year spoke up personally to challenge it—and less than a quarter say someone else did. 

We must change the conversation around women in the workplace! 

 

I trust Women and support Planned Parenthood

  • Planned Parenthood provides life-saving critical care to underserved women, men, and families in our community every day. 
  • Last year in Ohio nearly 50% of their patients lived below the poverty line. 
  • They are underfunded and under assault every day from our legislature and it must stop.

The proven way to reduce unplanned pregnancies is to increase sex education and access to birth control.

  • With the expansion of the Affordable Care Act’s coverage of contraception, abortions and unintended pregnancies have significantly declined nationwide since 2008. 
  • In Ohio between 2011 and 2014 there was a 20% decrease in abortions – not because of access to abortion was diminished but because women had more access to birth control.

It is vital we understand that the key to protecting women and protecting children is providing women with the healthcare and support that they need. This includes education about women’s healthcare, access to affordable birth control, and supporting parental leave. I firmly believe that when communities do their part to support and protect women’s healthcare, everyone benefits.

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  • Katie Bruno
    published this page in Issues 2020-05-06 14:06:51 -0400