“It is not right,” said Rep. John Lewis. “It is not fair. It is not just that women doing the same job are not receiving equal compensation as men for the same work.”
As a man who understands and has fought for equal protection for decades, Congressman Lewis is a vocal advocate who supports getting in “good trouble” for the rights of women.
Although the wage gap between men and women has narrowed since the Equal Pay Act in 1963, gender-based wage discrimination is still a problem for women in the U.S. workforce. U.S. Rep John Lewis voted for the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 1338) and co-sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that restores the rights of women and other workers to challenge wage discrimination.
Congressman Lewis has always fought for a woman's right to make her own health care decisions. In 2006, he was honored as the Planned Parenthood Living Legend for his lifetime fight protecting the rights of women to control their own bodies and plan their families without government interference.
He realizes that for many women health care coverage is another institution with systemic gender discrimination that needs reform. He introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to establish a tax credit to improve access to medical treatment for infertility, a problem affecting millions of Americans. The Family Act of 2011 (HR 3522) is the first tax credit introduced in Congress to support those seeking to build a family through medical treatment for infertility.
Congressman Lewis has supported other legislation for women that includes:
- The Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act and the Gynecologic Cancer Education and Awareness Act.
- Introduced the Look-Back Elimination Act, the National Parents Corps Act, and the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Assets for Independence Act
- The Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill to eliminate pay disparities between men and women
- The Healthy Families Act, a bill to establish a national paid sick days standard
- The Family and Medical Leave Act, a bill to expand and improve FMLA benefits.
- The American Association of University Women (AAUW) rated the voting records of members of the 110th Congress and Congressman John Lewis received a perfect score.
- Served as the first President of the Board for the Atlanta Men Stopping Violence organization
- 100% pro-choice voting record rating by NARAL
- Lewis signed Equal Rights Amendment for men and women