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Jill Donnelly launches “Women for Joe” on Equal Pay Day with Reps. Hamilton and Pryor, Christina Hale

Jill Donnelly launched “Women for Joe” today at the Athenaeum with Reps. Cherrish Pryor and Carey Hamilton, Christina Hale, and more than 75 other Hoosiers discussing how Joe has fought for Hoosier women in the Senate and will continue that effort after November.

Today’s reception launched “Women for Joe,” a constituency group that will help inform, persuade, and mobilize Hoosiers throughout the election. Joe and the campaign will work with the founding members of “Women for Joe” and those who join throughout the race to focus on issues that matter around the state through direct voter contact, media opportunities, and in-person events.

Reception attendees also discussed Equal Pay Day, which is marked today to call greater attention to the gender pay gap in Indiana and across the nation. Today marks the point in which the average American woman would have to work in 2017 and 2018 to earn as much as her male counterpart did in 2017 alone. In Indiana, the average woman makes 74 cents for every dollar a man does.

Throughout his time in the Senate, Joe has been a champion for working women:

While in the House, he helped pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which gave workers who allege pay discrimination more time to file suit to pursue those charges.

He’s fought to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would require employers to demonstrate that pay gaps between equally qualified men and women in similar jobs have a business justification.

In the Senate, Joe has pushed for his Foundation for Families Agenda, a package of proposals that includes pay equity legislation, paid family and medical leave, increased investments to expand access to early childhood and pre-K education, and more accessibility to affordable higher education.

He’s protected access to affordable health care through which millions of additional women have gained health insurance within the last several years. Last year, he fought against GOP attempts to dismantle the health care system that would have raised premiums for the average Hoosier by $1,000 annually and allowed insurers to discriminate against Hoosiers with pre-existing conditions like pregnancy or a cancer history.

“I’m proud to be a founding member of Women for Joe because he’s fought for women throughout his time in the Senate,” said Cynthia Johnson of Hamilton County. “Our priorities are his priorities: fighting against discrimination, helping us provide for our families, and making sure we have the tools we need so we can find our own success. We need to keep him in Washington because there’s no better Hoosier champion fighting for us in the Senate.”

“Since I first met Joe, he’s been a champion for women and a fighter for equality. He knows Hoosier women should only be limited by the boundaries of our dreams, and he’s worked hard to help bring about a society reflecting that,” said Jill Donnelly. “Joe takes pride in bringing Hoosiers’ concerns to Washington to fight for them, and I’m certain he’ll continue to do that when we send him back to the Senate in November.”