[STATEWIDE, Fla] –Today, on a press call, national and state leaders on women’s and worker’s rights contrasted the out-of-date policies and outright sexism by the Republican ticket let by Donald Trump and Marco Rubio with what is being offered by progressive candidates.
Lilly Ledbetter, whose longtime personal fight for workplace equality inspired the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, Florida Building Trades President Theresa King and Luisana Perez-Fernandez discussed why Florida women are looking for real solutions to issues like equal pay, paid family leave, sexual harassment, high-quality public education, retirement security and earning a living wage.
“I know firsthand what it is like to be discriminated against at work. For nineteen years, I proudly worked as a manager for a tire plant in Alabama, and after nearly two decades of hard work, I found out that I was making significantly less money than the men who were doing the same work as me. I went home, talked to my family, and we decided to fight. We decided to fight for not only our family, but also other families across the country.
“This isn’t about the Ledbetter family. This is about all of us — our sisters, daughters and granddaughters. Together, we have made great strides, but there is still more work to be done. It is up to our next President to continue building on the progress we’ve made, meaning this election is critically important. Donald Trump and Mike Pence have made it abundantly clear that they stand on the wrong side of history when it comes to economic security for women and families.”
“It is very telling that around the same time that Donald Trump was declaring he goes “through the roof” when he comes home from work and his wife doesn’t have dinner on the table, Hillary Clinton was in China boldly declaring that “human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights.”
“Women are succeeding in today’s workplace not because of, but in spite of, politicians like Donald Trump and Marco Rubio who share shockingly similar views when it comes to women’s equality at the workplace. To succeed in my career I always knew that I would probably be the only female when I walked onto a job site but because I have the skill, knowledge and attitude to do my job in a journeyman like manner every day, and I have the security of my collective bargaining agreement, I excelled and gained the confidence of my co-workers and the contractors. That effort, that progress, takes time and support and to suggest, as they do, that a woman who faces harassment should just find another career shows women like me that they don’t deserve our support in the jobs they are seeking this November. Let it be known that the women of Florida and of this nation are paying attention and we will be expressing our views at the ballot box.”
“Donald Trump has a long story of insulting, belittling, sexualizing and stereotyping women in society and in the workplace. A president with these views is dangerous to women inside and out of the workplace. What will protect women from being harassed and mistreated in the workplace if politicians like Trump and Pence make it to the White House? I want my friends to feel safe of going to work, not quitting their job because someone sexually harassed them, like Trump wants them to. I want them to stand up and know that we deserve better.”