McGuire: “It’s not enough to just have more female voices in government. We need female leaders who are willing to stand up and fight for issues like equal pay and access to family planning.”
Des Moines, IA –Yesterday, Jason Clayworth of the Des Moines Register reported that women state workers in Iowa earned an average of $5300 less than their male counterparts. In response, Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Andy McGuire, issued the following statement.
“Gov. Reynolds continues to turn her back on the women of Iowa. This recent report on the gender pay gap among Iowa state workers is just the latest example of Gov. Reynolds failure to stand up for women’s issues. Iowa women deserve answers from Gov. Reynolds as to why their hard work is worth less than their male coworkers.
“On the 45th anniversary of the landmark Roe v.Wade Supreme Court decision, it is also important to recognize Reynolds’ failure to make women’s access to healthcare a priority. Gov. Reynolds applauded Republicans in the Iowa legislature when they ignored the will of the people and passed legislation to shut down Planned Parenthood facilities leaving thousands of women without access to vital health services.
“Gov. Reynolds has repeatedly pushed an anti-female agenda, and the women of Iowa are literally paying for it as a result. It’s not enough to just have more female voices in government. We need female leaders who stand up and fight for issues like equal pay and access to family planning. Our fight for gender equality is far from over, and I will lead us in the right direction on day one. ”