Women’s Rights and Opportunities

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.

We must ensure that women are treated equally – including in the workplace. For every dollar a man makes, a woman makes 80 cents, and the wage gap is even larger for women of color.

In the first few months as a Representative, Rep. Casten was proud to be a cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work. This legislation strengthens and 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.   

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 won approval of 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.

Women's rights are human rights. Rep. Casten will continue to protect and advance women's rights here in the United States and around the world.


More on Women’s Rights and Opportunities

September 23, 2021 Press Release

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Today, U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) reintroduced the bipartisan ESP Family Leave Act, which would update the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to help more educational support professionals (ESP) at schools—teacher’s assistants, custodians and maintenance staff, among others—access its benefits without the risk of losing their job. 

September 1, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (D-IL) released the following statement on the Texas abortion ban:


April 15, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Casten voted to pass H.R.

April 9, 2021 Press Release

Downers Grove, IL U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06) visited public school officials, first responders, social service providers, and small business leaders to talk about pandemic hardship and how the American Rescue Plan will help them and the communities they serve.

March 18, 2021 Press Release

March 18, 2021 – Last week, Rep. Casten joined fellow Democrats to pass the landmark American Rescue Plan and send it to President Biden’s desk for his signature.  Today, Rep. Casten proudly highlights the vital resources that Illinois families and communities will receive to crush the virus, put vaccines in people’s arms, money in people’s pockets, children safely back in school and workers back in jobs. 

March 17, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06) issues the following statement after the House vote to pass Rep. Jackie Speier’s resolution to facilitate expeditious ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution, H.J. Res. 17.

March 11, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) released the following statement after President Biden signed H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act, into law. The landmark, life-saving legislation will provide urgently needed resources to defeat this virus, get vaccines in people’s arms, money in families’ pockets, children safely back into classrooms, and put people back to work.

March 4, 2021 Press Release

Downers Grove, IL – U.S. Representatives Sean Casten (IL-06), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), and Marie Newman (IL-03) today held a press conference after they passed the American Rescue Plan in the House last week to help crush the COVID-19 virus and get the economy moving again with shots in arms, money in pockets, children in schools and people in jobs.


March 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (IL-06) tonight joined House Democrats in passing H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a sweeping anti-corruption package to clean up Washington, protect and expand voting rights, restore integrity, and put the needs and priorities of the American people ahead of special interests.