Women’s Rights

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Representative Casten is committed to supporting and expanding women's rights and opportunities — by protecting reproductive rights, fighting for equal pay for equal work, and supporting programs that aid women subjected to harassment and abuse.

Rep. Casten believes it is critical that Congress take immediate action to enshrine the right to an abortion into law. He has co-sponsored legislation such as the Women’s Health Protection Act to do just that. Rep. Casten has been, and will continue to be, an outspoken advocate for the right of women to make their own health care decisions.

Rep. Casten is also working to address inequality, like the gender pay gap. For every dollar a man makes, a woman makes 80 cents, and the wage gap is even larger for women of color.

Rep. Casten is proud to be a cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work. This legislation closes loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act to secure justice for working women in Illinois and across the country by providing effective remedies for women subject to unfair and inequitable pay practices. He’s also a co-sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment, which affirms women’s equality in the US Constitution.

In the 117th Congress, Rep. Casten joined Congresswoman Grace Meng to introduce the Period PROUD Act, which expands accessibility to menstrual products for those with limited access. 

Violence Against Women Act

Domestic violence and abuse is far too prevalent in our country. Rep. Casten is committed to combating domestic violence and advocating for victims of abuse.

He is proud to have cosponsored and helped to pass H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019, which has been absolutely vital to saving the lives of women and their families since its inception. This bill addresses gaps in current law, and does so in collaboration with victim service providers, law enforcement, and other experts in the field. 

Rep. Casten also passed his amendment to the bill to include campus faculty in grant programs so they can be trained in recognizing and responding to domestic or sexual abuse.