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Oberumuller supports women

To the editor,

March is Women’s History Month, and it’s important to celebrate women’s past achievements so that all of us can imagine and work for a future in which gender equity is the norm. Without such knowledge — for example, knowledge of American women’s successful struggle to win the vote in 1920 — women will continue to be treated as second-class citizens. 

Sadly, gender equality is not yet the norm. Even in the United States, women have not achieved full equality. Fortunately, now that women have won the vote, we have the freedom to support candidates who believe in gender equality and, if necessary, remove from office those who continue to impede our progress for equal pay, reproductive justice and family planning. 

Voters in the Second District have a clear choice in 2014:  Mike Obermueller, candidate for the U.S. House, believes that women deserve equal pay for equal work. He supports the Paycheck Fairness Act and opposes any weakening of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. By contrast, our current representative, John Kline, voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. 

In addition to equal pay for equal work, women have a right to make choices that affect our bodies and our families, including the use of contraception and safe access to abortion, if that is her choice.

Again, the contrast is clear: Obermueller believes that women have the right to access effective birth control, while John Kline consistently votes against women’s reproductive freedom.

John Kline may have big money on his side, but voters can exercise their rights by choosing a candidate, Mike Obermueller, who believes in women’s equality, both at work and at home.

Cathy Johnson,