We hope you’re celebrating your mom today — and yourself, if you’re a mom!
We are writing today about one really important mom: Christy Smith, who’s running to hold former Rep. Katie Hill’s seat in CA-25.
The special election is coming up this Tuesday, May 12, and right now the race is neck-and-neck. The winner will be sworn in to Congress immediately and will then have to run for re-election in November, against the same opponent!
We founded WomenCount because we think it’s critical to have women’s views and interests represented in Congress — and it takes a woman to do that because of our life experiences.
That’s because all of us face unfair treatment because of who we are, and the choices we’re asked to make as women — including the choice to become a mom.
In fact, we take on most of society’s caregiving: for children (77% of teachers), the elderly (89% of home care aides), and the sick (85% of nurses). Two-thirds of the workers keeping our shelves stocked and our restaurants afloat right now are also women.
For all of this we’re paid less: 80 cents on the dollar for white women, 62 cents for Black women, and 54 cents for Hispanic women.
That’s why we need Christy in Congress: As a member of the California State Assembly, she’s fought for equal pay, more money for public schools, and better healthcare access for women and families.