Equal Rights Amendment
Hillary Clinton is a strong supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution that would require equal rights for women. She also supports state ERAs.
Abortion and Contraception
Hillary Clinton is a champion for access to reproductive health care, and expanding access to contraception and abortion for all women. She has pledged to continue her fight for women’s reproductive health and rights, including the right to and access to abortion. She supports ending the Hyde Amendment which denies access to abortion for low-income women. She has strongly opposed and has repeatedly fought Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, to cut family planning funding in the United States and globally, and restrict access to abortion and contraception. She is both for expanding access to reproductive health in the United States and internationally.
Hillary has pledged to defend, protect, and build upon or expand the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has increased women’s access to preventive care with no co-pays or deductibles, including contraception, and that prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against women by charging women higher prices than men for their health insurance. Clinton excoriated the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision for “taking away” employees’ contraception choices under health insurance plans provided by closely held, for-profit corporations, saying it was a “slippery slope against women.”
Violence Against Women/Ending Campus Sexual Assault
Hillary Clinton has been a leader in efforts to end violence against women, working for better laws and services for rape and sexual assault survivors. As president, she has pledged to:
- fight to expand the federal law that prohibits domestic abusers from possessing guns to include people in dating relationships and convicted stalkers.
- fight the epidemic of sexual violence against women in college, building on the progress already made by advocates and survivors, working to: provide comprehensive support to survivors, from counseling to critical health care; increase prevention efforts, making sure programs are not only in college, but also in high schools; and promote transparency in campus disciplinary proceedings and ensure that complaints filed in the criminal justice system are treated seriously.
Closing the Gender/Race Pay Gap
Hillary has pledged to work to close the gender and race pay gap, making it a priority in her economic plans for a strong economy. As president, she will work to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act—a bill she introduced when she was a Senator—to fight workplace discrimination in pay for workers.
Foreign Policy and Women
As Secretary of State, Clinton launched the Office of Global Women’s Issues, to make the advancement of women’s education, health, and economic status a foreign policy priority. Clinton has long promoted women’s rights and human rights as central to US policy abroad, and believes that smart power combines civil society and traditional diplomacy. She supports the US joining the International Criminal Court, ratification of CEDAW (the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Hillary has pledged to reverse Republican efforts to restrict voting, calling the right to vote the most fundamental citizenship right. Hillary has pledged to work to:
- restore the Voting Rights Act, gutted by the Supreme Court in its June, 2013 ruling in Shelby County v. Holder;
- expand early voting, setting a nationwide standard of at least 20 days of early in-person voting, including evening and weekend voting;
- implement universal, automatic voter registration for every citizen when they turn 18, unless they choose to opt out.
In the first major speech of her campaign, Clinton addressed the issues of race and justice, including a pledge to end the “era of mass incarceration.” Her specific proposals include, among others:
- ending racial profiling and reforming police use of force;
- increasing US Department of Justice resources to conduct pattern and practice investigations into local police departments with records of excessive force and killings of people by police;
- reducing mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses; and
- ending the privatization of prisons.
Hillary Clinton supports full equality for the LGBT community in the United States and worldwide. As president, she will work to pass the Equality Act which amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to ban discrimination against the LGBT community, supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and supports efforts “to clarify that sex discrimination includes discrimination on the basis of ‘gender identity’ and ‘sexual orientation.’” She has pledged to protect transgender rights to end the ban against open transgender military service, to end discrimination against transgender people and “promote human rights of LGBT people around the world.” She also pledges to end the epidemic of violence against transgender people and to support HIV funding, prevention, and treatment accessibility.
Hillary Clinton has pledged to fight for comprehensive immigration reform measures with “a path to full and equal citizenship.” She will fight to defend President Obama’s executive orders to provide DREAMERS and parents of Americans and lawful residents protection form deportation. And she has pledged to fight to allow families to buy health insurance under the ACA regardless of immigration status.
Paid Family and Medical Leave
“It’s outrageous that America is the only country in the developed world that doesn’t guarantee paid leave.” — Hillary Clinton, Mother’s Day, 2015
Clinton has pledged to work to guarantee up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave and ensure at least a two-thirds wage replacement rate for workers, up to a ceiling, so that low-income and middle class workers receive financial support. Her plan calls for funding paid leave by making the wealthy pay their fair share, not by increasing payroll taxes on working families or small businesses.
Raising the Minimum Wage & Fighting Wage Theft
Clinton will fight for raising the federal minimum wage to $12/hour, and will support (on the theory that the President can’t directly impact state/local changes) state and local efforts – like the Fight for 15 – to secure an even higher $15 minimum wage.
Hillary supports President Obama’s expanded overtime rules for millions of government workers.
Clinton opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), saying it should go further to produce new jobs and raise wages.
Social Security and Medicare
Hillary Clinton pledges to continue her lifelong defense of Social Security and Medicare. She will defend Social Security and Medicare against Republican attacks by:
- opposing privatization
- opposing efforts to reduce annual cost-of-living adjustments
- opposing efforts to raise the retirement age
- opposing voucherizing or privatizing Medicare
- expanding benefits of Social Security
- driving drug prices down by allowing Medicare to negotiate with drug companies for lower prices
Hillary has pledged to expand Social Security to provide caregiver credits to people who take time out of the paid labor force to care for their children, older parents or sick family members. This would greatly help women who are still the primary caregivers. Plus she would make sure widows’ or widowers’ benefits, which are typically 50% of the couples’ benefits, do not drop so low that the surviving spouse sinks into poverty. Widows are almost 90% more likely to be living in poverty than other seniors. Hillary would pay for increased benefits by making some income for the wealthy, which is not currently taxed for Social Security included in the payroll tax, not by taxing more low and middle income people.
Clinton will fight back Republican attempts to voucherize Medicare, or pay recipients up to a fixed amount, such as a maximum of $8,000, for medical expenses a year. She pledges to fight Republican attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which provides coverage for preventive care without cost sharing and began to close the drug “donut hole” for Medicare recipients.
Campaign Finance Reform
Hillary is committed to overturning Citizens United. She is pledged to appoint Supreme Court Justices “who value the right to vote over the rights of billionaires to buy elections.” She will issue an executive order “requiring federal government contractors to publicly disclose significant political spending.” Hillary “will promote an SEC (Securities Exchange Commission) rule requiring publicly traded companies to disclose political spending to shareholders.” She “will establish” a matching fund for small donors in congressional and presidential elections.
Clinton supports President Obama’s proposal for free community college. In addition, she has proposed the “New College Compact,” a 10-year, $350 billion program to provide assistance to students who are parents, helping to pay for costs like transportation and childcare. The New College Compact would also expand federal funding from a current $15 million to $250 million per year for on-campus child care centers, creating openings for 250,000 more children whose parents are students.
Early Childhood Education and Child Care
Hillary Clinton supports universal early childhood education, and has pledged to work to ensure every 4-year-old child in America has access to quality pre-k programs by providing new federal funding for state and community programs. She wants to double the country’s investment in Early Head Start, a federally funded program that provides education and health services to low-income families with young children. Clinton’s plans include a proposed tax cut to help middle-class parents cope with rising child care costs.
Hillary understands the science of climate change and will fight climate change deniers. As Secretary of State she appointed the first Special Envoy for Climate Change and made dealing with climate change a major priority in U.S. diplomacy. She led in building an international Coalition for Climate and Clean Energy Global Initiative that produced a 2009 U.N. Copenhagen Accord, the first international climate agreement with major commitments including China, India, and Brazil pledging to Reduce GHG (Greenhouse Gas) pollution. She helped to lay the groundwork for the Paris 2015 Global Agreement on Climate Change adopted by 195 countries.
Hillary has released a detailed Climate Change plan that includes installing a half billion solar panels by the end of her first Presidential term. Her ambitious Clean Renewal Energy Plan makes possible the generation of enough clean energy to power every home in the U.S. within ten years of her taking office. It will include wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and other forms of renewable energy. The plan reduces the amount of oil and coal consumed and even provides, among other policies, protection for the “health and retirement security of coal miners and their families and provides them economic opportunities.”
Hillary opposes the building of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Hillary Clinton has made acting on gun violence a key focus of her campaign. As President, Clinton has pledged, among other measures, to:
- reinstate the military-style assault weapons ban
- expand the prohibition on domestic abusers owning guns to include dating relationships and convicted stalkers
- close the “Charleston Loophole” that allows gun purchases to proceed before the background check is completed, and
- repeal the so-called “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act” that provides immunity to negligent gun manufacturers and dealers from being held accountable for violence committed with their guns
“Hillary has what it takes to fight Republican attacks on women’s reproductive rights, and has the vision and experience to ensure women and families thrive.”— Ilyse Hogue, president NARAL
“Not only is Secretary Clinton the most qualified candidate in the race, but her nomination would make history, inspiring more women to enter politics. … When women are at the table, the conversation is elevated; the landscape changes and the work gets done. This is why it’s important that Secretary Clinton be our next President.”— Paula Willmarth, VP National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC)
“Hillary Clinton is fighting to advance LGBT equality across our nation and throughout the world … she is the champion we can count on in November — and every day she occupies the Oval Office.”— Chad Griffin, Human Rights Campaign President
“The election of Hillary Clinton as the first woman would go a long ways in moving us much farther down that road to creating an America, and maybe a world community where we forget about not just race but also gender, and see people as people.”— Representative John Lewis