Strickland Announces Ohio Families First Plan To Fight For Women & Working Families, Launches “Women For Ted”

Strickland announced proposals and coalition of 100 Ohio women leaders supporting his campaign at woman & minority owned business in Columbus

COLUMBUS, OH – Today, Ted Strickland joined women and community leaders in Columbus to announce his Ohio Families First Plan to fight for women and working families – highlighting his support for policy proposals on issues like equal pay, paid family leave, affordable childcare and accessible women’s healthcare. The event also marked the launch of “Women For Ted,” a coalition of 100 women leaders who are supporting his campaign. 

Strickland was joined by Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown, and the event was held at Print Syndicate --  a woman and minority owned clothing design company which has been featured as the creators of the “Notorious RBG” shirt honoring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“My mom raised 9 kids on a shoestring budget – growing up we didn’t have everything but mom always made us feel like we had enough. Women are the backbone of our families, communities and our economy -- but working families are never going to be able to get ahead until Ohio’s women have a fair chance to achieve their full potential,” said Ted Strickland. “The problem is that Washington politicians like Senator Portman are looking out for their rich and powerful friends, while Ohio’s working women and families are paying the price: Portman has voted five times against equal pay legislation and he’s led the charge to take healthcare decisions away from women -- making these vital healthcare services more expensive and less accessible. In the U.S. Senate, I’ll fight for economic fairness for Ohio’s women – we need to ensure working women are earning equal pay for equal work, that they have fair access to family leave and childcare, and that a woman’s health care decisions are between her and her doctor, and no one else. While Senator Portman is pushing the agenda of the wealthy and well-connected, I’m want to fight for Ohio’s working families – that’s where I’m from, that’s who I care about and that’s who I’ll always put first.

Strickland’s previously announced Ohio Families First economic policy proposals include a middle class tax cut, fair overtime pay for workers, a minimum wage increase, and cracking down on unfair foreign trade deals.   

Strickland proposals announced today focus on the following issue areas and are available online here

Ensuring Equal Pay For Equal Work. Strickland is a proud supporter of the Paycheck Fairness Act, and in the U.S. Senate he will fight to make sure that Ohio women receive equal pay for equal work. Senator Portman voted five times against equal pay legislation. 

Paid Family and Medical Leave. When a family member gets seriously ill or welcomes a new child, it’s often women who take the time off to care for their loved ones. That means women often face the gut-wrenching choice of taking time off or losing a paycheck or even a job. In the U.S. Senate, Strickland will support the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act that would provide workers with up to 12 weeks of partial income when they take time for their own serious health conditions or for the serious condition of a parent, child, spouse or domestic partner.

Access to Paid Sick Days. At least 43 million private sector workers in the U.S. cannot earn paid sick days, and even more cannot earn time to care for sick children or family members. Women are much more likely to miss work to care for a sick child -- and 60 percent of women will not get paid when they have to do that. In the U.S. Senate, Strickland will support the Healthy Families Act that will allow workers to earn up to seven paid sick days each year for their own illness, to access preventative care, provide care to a sick family member, attend school meetings related to a child’s health condition or disability, or engaged in other specified activities relating to domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

Increasing The Availability Of Affordable And Quality Childcare. The high cost of childcare makes it extremely difficult for families to save for college, put food on the table, and keep the lights on. Strickland believes more must be done to make sure that the cost of childcare and the lack of available childcare services is not unfairly forcing women out of the workforce and holding working families back. Strickland will work to increase tax credits available to both families and employers to tackle this challenge and make sure women and families have affordable, quality options for childcare.

Protecting Women’s Healthcare. Strickland believes women’s healthcare choices should be between her and her doctor and that there is a clear connection between the accessibility of women’s healthcare services and economic opportunity for working families. That’s why in the Senate, Strickland will work to protect affordable and accessible healthcare for women, and fight against efforts to take healthcare choices away from women. In contrast,Senator Portman wants to overturn Roe v. Wade, has repeatedly worked to restrict women’s access to healthcare, and led the charge to allow a woman’s boss to decide whether or not to cover birth control -- costing an individual hundreds of dollars more a year.

Women for Ted: Today’s event also served to mark the formal launch of “Women for Ted:” a coalition of 100 Ohio women elected officials, community leaders and activists who will work to mobilize voters across the state and share Ted’s message of fighting for working families with Ohioans throughout the campaign. The first members of the coalition announced today include the following individuals:   

  • U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

  • U.S. Congresswoman Marcia Fudge

  • Former First Lady Frances Strickland

  • Greene County Democratic Party Chair Doris Adams

  • Scioto County Recorder Gail Alley

  • President of North Shore Federation of Labor Harriet Applegate

  • State Representative Nickie Antonio

  • Jaladah Aslam

  • Former Mayor of Belle Valley Sheila Baker

  • Crawford County Democratic Party Chair Maggie Barth

  • City of Toronto Auditor Lisa Bauman

  • Pickaway County Commissioner Karen Bensonhaver

  • State Representative Heather Bishoff

  • Monroe County Recorder Ann Block

  • State Representative Kristin Boggs

  • Columbiana County Commissioner Linda Bolon

  • Harrison County Recorder Tracy Boyer

  • State Representative Janine Boyd

  • Putnam County Democratic Party Chair Linda Jones-Borton

  • Former State Representative Barbara Boyd

  • Pike County Recorder Misty Brewster

  • Columbus City Councilwoman Liz Brown

  • State Senator Edna Brown

  • Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown

  • State Senator Capri Cafaro

  • Geauga County Democratic Party Chair Janet Carson

  • Former Mayor of Batesville Mary Ann Carpenter

  • Licking County Democratic Party Chair Grace Cherrington

  • State Representative Kathleen Clyde

  • Lucas County Commissioner Carol Contrada

  • Athens City Councilwoman Jennifer Cochran

  • Former Public Safety Department Director Cathy Collins

  • Martins Ferry City Council President Kristine Davis

  • State Representative Denise Driehaus

  • Marietta City Council Kathy Downer

  • Ross County Recorder Kathy Dunn

  • Athens County Law Director Lisa Eliason

  • Athens City Council Christine Fahl

  • Belmont County Commissioner Ginny Favede

  • State Senator Teresa Fedor

  • Former OEA President Pat Frost-Brooks

  • Tuscarawas County Democratic Party Chair Gail Garbrandt

  • Former State Representative Jennifer Garrison

  • Bedford Heights City Councilwoman Kay Gary

  • Warren County Democratic Party Chair Bethe Goldenfield

  • Chillicothe City Councilwoman Alicia Gray

  • Bedford Heights City Councilwoman Wendy Grant

  • Former Adams County Democratic County Chair Virginia Grooms

  • Erie County Democratic Party Chair Amy Grubbe

  • Emily Hagan

  • Geneva City Councilwoman Susan Hagan

  • Athens County Auditor Kathy Hecht

  • Melissa Hedden

  • Jen House

  • Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson

  • Columbus School Board Member Mary Jo Hudson

  • Mercer County Democratic Party Chair Carrol Jefferies

  • State Representative Greta Johnson

  • Bridget Kelly

  • Summit County Clerk of Courts Sandra Kurt

  • Athens City Councilwoman Christine Knisley

  • Ronda Kinnamon

  • State Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan

  • Pike County Democratic Party Chair Joyce Leeth

  • Carroll County Democratic Party Chair Jane Linder

  • Lucas County Auditor Anita Lopez

  • Athens County Recorder Jessica Markins

  • Allen County Democratic Party Chair Beverly McCoy

  • Former Dayton Mayor Rhine McLin

  • Harrison County Clerk of Courts Kinsey Milliken

  • Former Department of Transportation Director Jolene Molitoris

  • Lana Moresky

  • Bexley City Councilwoman Deneese Owen

  • Franklin County Clerk of Courts Maryellen O'Shaughnessy

  • Columbus City Councilwoman Jaiza Page

  • Athens City Councilwoman Michele Papai

  • Highland County Democratic Party Chair Dinah Phillips

  • State Representative Debbie Philips

  • Gahanna-Jefferson School Board Member Beryl Piccolantonio

  • Lynnie Powell

  • Martins Ferry Auditor Rita Randall

  • Clinton County Democratic Party Chair Ann Reno

  • Mahoning County Commissioner Carol Rimedio-Righetti

  • Former Department of Aging Director Barbara Riley

  • Gallia County Democratic Party Chair Carole Rousch

  • Monroe County Clerk of Courts Beth-Ann Rose

  • Bowling Green City Council Sandy Rowland

  • Former Bureau of Worker's Compensation Director Marsha Ryan

  • Former Ohio Budget Director Pari Sabety

  • Lillian Sharpley

  • Wayne County Democratic Party Chair Betsy Sheets

  • Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Sunny Simon

  • Coshocton County Democratic Party Chair Breanne Smith

  • Akron City Councilwoman Margo Sommerville

  • Hancock County Democratic Party Chair Nancy Stephani

  • Former Ohio Department of Mental Health Director Sandy Stephenson

  • Athens County Clerk of Courts Ann Trout

  • Columbus City Councilwoman Priscilla Tyson

  • Former Washington County Democratic Chair Molly Varner

  • Summit County Councilwoman Liz Walter

  • Mayor of Dayton Nan Whaley

  • State Senator Sandra Williams

  • Former U.S. Treasurer Mary Ellen Withrow

  • Former Department of Commerce Director Kim Zurz

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