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Women & Families

“When we empower women, we empower families. When we empower families, we empower America. When we empower America, our potential is limitless.” – Stephanie Murphy

As a wife and mom, Stephanie believes in the importance of family and of creating a better future for our children and grandchildren. She knows that families are stronger when children go to good schools, parents have good-paying jobs, and seniors have good health care. If we are truly going to restore this nation’s middle class, then we must start by strengthening families.

It’s time to put families first again, and that starts by ensuring both men and women earn equal pay for equal work. Women who work full time and year-round earn, on average, just 79 cents for every dollar men earn – a yearly pay gap of about $10,762, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families. That means women and families in America, in total, are losing nearly $500 billion every year – including the more than 15.2 million households headed by women. That’s money that would increase income for working families and pump more money into our economy.

To combat this inequity, Stephanie has helped introduce the bipartisan Paycheck Fairness Act in Congress, which would strengthen the Equal Pay Act and establish stronger workplace protections for women. Stephanie has also helped introduce a bill to raise the minimum wage to a livable wage as women make up two-thirds of minimum wage workers.

Stephanie believes our nation must do more to support women and minority-owned businesses and help combat systemic barriers in our society that often prevent many of these businesses from succeeding. That’s why Stephanie is a strong voice for measures that make our marketplace fairer and more diverse. In her spare time, Stephanie counsels and advises budding entrepreneurs and small businesses, particularly minority and women-owned businesses. She partners with Support Our Scholars, an organization that helps economically challenged young women complete college through mentorship and supplemental financial support, and with ATHENAPowerLink Orlando, an organization that helps women business owners and entrepreneurs achieve greater success.

Stephanie is also working to pass paid family and medical leave because no American should be forced to choose between being there for a child or family member and quitting their job. Stephanie also supports measures that make childcare more affordable for more families, along with increased access to early childhood education like Head Start and pre-kindergarten.

At a time when women’s health care is under attack in Washington, Stephanie is strongly defending the rights of women to make their own health care and family planning decisions free from government intrusion, and she is working to stop attempts to defund Planned Parenthood.

Stephanie will also stand up for all families, fighting to strengthen LGBTQ rights by helping to introduce the Equality Act. The Equality Act is a bipartisan proposal that would prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity in matters of employment, housing, access to public places, federal funding, credit, education and jury service. It would also prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in federal funding and access to public places.