Issues

Women & Families

Jessica will always be a strong advocate for women and families, whether protecting women’s access to basic health care services, standing up for equal pay for equal work, or making sure families can afford a high quality education for their children.

Women’s Health


While women’s health has been attacked again and again in states across the country the past few years, Jessica believes that medical decisions should be made between a woman and her doctor – not by politicians. She will fight efforts to slash funding for life saving women’s cancer screenings, for a woman’s right to make her own family planning choices and work to protect women and children’s access to health care services.

A Strong Workforce


The participation of women in our workforce continues to grow: Pinellas County estimates that women make up more than half of our labor force. As more women have become the breadwinners at home, the necessity of equal pay for equal work has only grown. As a working woman herself, Jessica will fight for pay equity for all Americans. It is simple: equal work deserves equal pay, regardless of gender, race, or age.

Family Medical Leave


Having been the caregiver for a terminally ill parent, Jessica knows firsthand how critical it is that working families have the ability to care for their loved ones without having to worry about keeping a roof over their head and food on the table. The importance of paid family and medical leave cannot be undervalued. As a Member of Congress, Jessica will work for expansion of this vital program.