We can't wait any longer for a path to full and equal citizenship

Hillary Clinton last August 11. / Facebook
Hillary Clinton last August 11. / Facebook

I want to be a champion for American families of all kinds, to make sure that every single person has a chance to live up to his or her God-given potential.

We can't wait any longer for a path to full and equal citizenship

I want to be a champion for American families of all kinds, to make sure that every single person has a chance to live up to his or her God-given potential.

If we want America to be strong, we need our families to be strong. Because families are—and always have been—the backbone of our country. But today’s families face new and unique pressures.

> Immigrant families are being torn apart

Parents with a history of service to their communities should not have to fear deportation, and America shouldn’t be in the business of breaking up families or turning away talented workers who have contributed to our economy. That is not who we are as a country.

> Too many African American men are missing from our communities

We have to come to terms with some hard truths about race and justice in America. From Ferguson to Baltimore, the patterns have become undeniable. There is something wrong when African American men are still far more likely to be stopped by police, charged with crimes, and sentenced to longer prison terms than their white counterparts. A third of all black men born today face the prospect of prison during their lifetimes.

> Women still earn less than men

Across our economy, too many women still earn less than men on the job—and women of color often lose out the most. All this lost money adds up. For many families, it’s thousands of dollars every year. That’s money that could go to rent, groceries, or into a college fund.

> America is the only developed country without paid leave of any kind

In America, no mother or father should have to choose between staying home with a sick child and keeping their job. No son or daughter should fear losing their livelihood when caring for a sick parent. And no sick person should be forced to go to work out of financial necessity.

 

Tackling the wage gap

When women are short-changed, entire families are short-changed. We will work to close the wage gap because it's the right thing to do and because it will strengthen our economy.

> Give women the tools to fight for equal pay

We will promote pay transparency across our economy to ensure that workers have the information they need to negotiate their salaries and make informed choices when they are looking for work. And we will work to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which closes loopholes in existing law and gives women the legal tools they need to fight workplace discrimination.

> Raise the minimum wage

Nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers in America are women. Over half of those women are 25 or older, and most have no other income from a spouse. Increasing the minimum wage for all workers will help close the wage gap.

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 It is time for paid leave in America
The United States is the only country in the developed world without paid leave of any kind. We will develop a national paid leave program so that no American has to choose between keeping their job and taking care of a new baby or a sick family member. And we will ensure that every American has access to paid sick days so that the common cold doesn’t mean a smaller paycheck.

 

We can't wait any longer for a path to full and equal citizenship
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