Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers: Equal Pay Is Just the Start

So for women to be most successful we must broaden our focus. This debate is about so much more than equal pay. It’s about empowering women with better paychecks, better opportunities, and better lives. House Republicans have advanced dozens of jobs-related bills that will help all Americans bring home more of their paychecks. We’ve promoted solutions that will give women more freedom when it comes to the health care decisions for themselves and their families – options that will lower costs and increase the quality of health care. We’ve passed legislation to improve skills and job training, so more women can get back into the workforce. And Republicans have long supported bills that would provide workplace flexibility so working parents can choose paid time off instead of overtime if that’s what they’d prefer.

What would most help women across America succeed – more than political gamesmanship ever could – would be for both parties to work together to act on these pro-women, pro-jobs and pro-growth solutions. Politicizing women won’t help them get ahead. But coming together to enact real solutions will.

Read an op-ed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.): Why Equal Pay Is Worth Fighting For

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) serves as Chairwoman of the House Republican Conference.

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Any opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author.

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