Wednesday, Michael Eggman (D) candidate for the 10th Congressional District, held a women's economic roundtable in Modesto that included female business owners, educators, and local community leaders.
"As the father of two daughters and brother of two sisters, I look forward to being a voice for women in Congress," said Eggman. "I know that when women succeed, our valley's and our country's economy thrives."
At the roundtable, Eggman spoke with participants about discrimination they have faced in the past and what Congress can do to put local women on equal footing.
As the Democratic nominee, Eggman directly endorsed immediate actions like the Paycheck Fairness Act, that is meant to help ensure women get equal pay for equal work as well as raise the minimum wage.
The Paycheck Fairness Act amends the portion of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 known as the Equal Pay Act to revise exceptions to prohibitions against sex discrimination in the payment of wages.
It revises the exception to the prohibition for a wage rate differential based on any other factor other than sex, and limits such factors to bona fide factors, such as education, training, or experience.
The legislation was introduced in January 2009 and most recently updated Jan. 23, 2013 when it was introduced to Senate. Since 2009, the act has seen multiple filibusters and on April 1, at the hands of Republicans, was again voted down. At the time, Republicans attributed their voting down of the act to the fact that it was redundant legislation, but Democrats still are pushing for the act to decrease the pay inequalities between women and men. California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein are both cosponsors of the bill.
Earlier in the week, Eggman was endorsed by Planned Parenthood because of his advocacy plans for women's health. He believes that when women receive adequate family planning options, they are better able to hold down well-paying jobs, start new businesses, and succeed economically.