Democrats are hoping women, especially moderate-income women, will help their candidates for Congress. The Women Succeed tour, featuring House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), pulled into Chicago Wednesday for a political rally at the Teamsters Hall, and the congressmen and candidates spoke about four issues: The minimum wage, equal pay, child care and paid sick leave.
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“Many working moms without paid sick days are often forced to make the difficult choice to either send an ill child to day care or school or sacrifice a day’s pay. And far too many women don’t even have the option of day care. These days it’s just too expensive, and so many working women don’t have the community or family or friends that can help them,” said U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Matteson).
U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) said this campaign is more about turning out the base vote than attracting undecided, and moderate-income women should be part of the Democratic base vote, she said.