Tom Wells Pledges to Work to Promote Pay Parity for Women and Increased Safety for All

Congressional Candidate Honors International Women’s Day by making a vow to support bills to end workplace inequality and do more to protect women from violence

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Gainesville, Florida — Tom Wells, Democratic candidate for Florida’s 3rd Congressional District, has issued the following statement on International Women’s Day:

“On March 8th every year, people around the world honor the achievements made by women from all walks of life and from every corner of the globe. The world has celebrated International Women’s Day on this date since it was created in 1975.

“The past year has seen women working together at an unprecedented level. From the Women’s Marches that were held all over the planet on and following President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration to the ground-swell of support for the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, women are taking control of their lives and their futures. It is no longer acceptable to see women treated as second class citizens in the workforce. It is no longer acceptable to look the other way when they are subjected to a host of behaviors that should never have been tolerated. We can no longer accept it when women are made to feel unsafe at work, at school or at home.

“There remains much work to do. A new hashtag is being used for this year’s International Women’s Day, now #PressforProgress joins the others. The trend line in World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report puts pay equality 200 years out. That is not acceptable. We must do better. We will do better.

“The very first bill signed into law by President Barack Obama, January 2009, was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This act effectively restored the right for workers to sue when they have been discriminated against. It was in response to a lawsuit filed by Lilly Ledbetter, who had found out she has been paid far less than her male counterparts after the statute of limitations had run out.

“This was an important move but we need to do more. To wait until after discrimination has occurred is to wait too long. We need to provide companies with incentives to do the right thing and penalties when they do not. We also must assure that the Violence Against Women Act enforcement is funded and used to keep women safe. And we need to empower the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to act when people of any gender are subjected to sexual harassment.

“It has been said that ‘There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be fixed by what is right with America.’ If I am given the honor of serving the people of 3rd Congressional District of Florida, I vow to work every day to make sure all Americans are treated fairly.”

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Tom Wells is a Democrat running for U.S. Congress in Florida CD-3. If elected, he will make sure that working people get a fair shake in our economy.  He will protect Social Security and work to pass Improved Medicare for all. He will not waste taxpayer money on endless wars that send our young people to their deaths.  He will protect the environment so we have a healthy planet to leave our children and grandchildren.  Tom has over the last 20 hears biked near every mile of Congressional District 3. Tom and his wife of 14 years, Divanice, call Gainesville home.

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