CLARKS SUMMIT – This morning candidate for State Representative of Pennsylvania’s 114th District, Bridget Malloy Kosierowski, announces her “5-Point Plan for Standing Up for Women and Protecting Children.”
Bridget’s 5-Point Plan:
1. We must support women. Women make up half of humanity, yet there still exists a woeful lack of women in the upper reaches of politics and government. Every two years Pennsylvania voters elect 203 candidates to the House of Representatives, yet in 2019 only 51 of those members are women. We must do more to compel and empower women to run for public office, share their ideas, and diversify our government.
2. Those women who choose to run for public office and serve constituents cannot be made to feel that sexual violence and harassment is the cost of doing business. For this reason and because legislators should not be tasked with investigating one another, I wholeheartedly support the creation of an independent panel in Harrisburg whose sole priority is the oversight and investigation of complaints and incidents of sexual harassment, assault, and abuse in the legislature.
3. Any child who was ever a victim of sexual abuse and violence must have a path to seek a legal claim against his or her abuser(s) - free of limitations. When elected, I will support and work to advance legislation similar to Senate Bill 261. Like other heinous crimes involving violence and assault, a despicable act of sexual violence against a child should accordingly receive no sanctuary from justice or the possibility to run out the clock on a prosecution.
4. There must be steps in place to remove firearms from the homes of those who commit crimes related to domestic abuse and assault. In protection from abuse cases in Pennsylvania, even when a judge orders firearm seizure, this surrender does not always occur. Additionally, if other members of the household own firearms, their weapons are typically not seized, leaving victims unacceptably vulnerable.
5. We must ensure equal pay for equal work. On average, women in Pennsylvania are paid 79 cents to every dollar a man earns. This amounts to an annual wage gap in excess of $10,000. Among women of color, the statistics are even worse. At the current rate, Pennsylvania women will not achieve equal pay until 2068. It is critical that we take steps to close the gender wage gap much sooner. Advancing initiatives such as amending the Pennsylvania Equal Pay Act, raising the minimum wage to a living wage, stopping pregnant workers from being penalized by employers, and greater oversight on wage theft are a just few common sense solutions.