House Democrats are spending this week’s congressional break at forums intended to deepen ties with women voters, including one today in Atlanta with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).
The title of the forum — “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds” — was a line in President Obama’s State of the Union speech.
“Women in America and in Georgia have been left out and left behind. For every dollar a man earned, a woman only earned about 77 cents. That’s not right. That’s not fair. We’ve heard from many women today telling their story, powerful stories. Too many women are receiving what I call starvation wages. They work from sun up to sun down with very low pay. We’ve got to do much better. They have child care, taking care of elderly parents,” Lewis told CNN.
Dems have introduced legislation in both chambers of Congress to help pay for child care. That ties in with Obama’s push for universal preschool.
“Child care is necessary if you expect mothers and women to work. Somebody got to help take care of the little children,” Lewis said.
When asked if Republicans don’t care about women, the congressman said, “I just happen to believe that we all should care about women. Without women, without our mothers and grandmothers, we wouldn’t be around.”
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) February 20, 2014