Women's Issues

Geiss has been at the forefront of fighting for pay equity to ensure equal pay for equal work across all job sectors. Geiss has also championed legislation for earned paid sick leave, earned paid family leave, and affordable child care. Geiss has worked on legislation to combat domestic violence and sexual assault and will continue to work to protect the lives of victims and empower survivors.

 

Geiss will continue to address protecting access to women’s healthcare throughout women’s lives and ensuring that reproductive justice and reproductive freedom are protected for everyone. Geiss has also been on the forefront of legislation to provide reproductive justice and freedom for all Michiganders including leading on repealing the 1931 anti-abortion law. Now, with Roe v. Wade having been struck down by a regressive 6-3 Supreme Court, Geiss will continue to fight for making sure that reproductive healthcare and access to abortion are protected and part of a full-range response to ensuring that everybody has reproductive justice.  Health issues are economic issues and limiting women’s access to healthcare can have adverse impacts on their lives. During each of the terms that she has served in the legislature in both chambers, Geiss has sponsored legislation to require employers to disclose to prospective employees how and whether their company covers birth control. Access to and coverage of birth control is an economic issue that women need information about when it comes to budgeting and determining when to start or expand their families.  To that extent, improving prenatal, maternal health, and addressing infant mortality so that mothers and children can begin with the right resources for the best possible outcomes is also a priority for Geiss, and she has championed legislation to improve access to pasteurized donor human milk for fragile infants as well as expanding Medicaid coverage for doula care. 

 

With only 11 women currently in the senate of whom only four of the 38 state senators are women of color, now is the time for representation in the senate that is more reflective of the diversity of our state, and where the issues that are important to women will be amplified by having a senator with a voice and vision not just remain at the table, but build new tables. Women’s issues are economic issues, civil rights issues, and human rights issues, and we need a visionary leader in the Senate who understands that these issues are intersectional and who will act diligently and with integrity and substance. 

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