Rep. Nancy Pelosi pushes agenda for women in Seattle
SEATTLE - U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi was in Seattle's City Hall on Monday morning to push her agenda for women's rights in the workplace.
"When women succeed, America succeeds and we think that not just about women, but about America," Pelosi said.
Pelosi began her agenda for woman and families by talking about the history of women fighting for the right to vote.
"Women fought, women demanded, women marched, women starved, women were ostracized from their families. So it wasn't something women were given. It was something we had to fight for," Pelosi said.
The Democratic House Speaker says this fight is not over. She says todays women are pointing out three things they want:
The minimum wage raised and equal pay for equal work.
Affordable child care
Pelosi says women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. She says this is unjust and needs to change. She also says nearly half of all workers in the United States are women and 40 percent of working women are the primary breadwinners in their families.
Pelosi's message resonated with Makini Howell, who owns four Seattle area vegan restaurants called Plum Bistro. "We have to fight together to make this a reality and it has to start with women," Howell said.
Pelosi is touring the Country to raise support for her agenda. She says she's fighting for everyone, not just women, but women are the force that can help her agenda move forward.
There was no noticeable opposition to Pelosi's message or her presence in Seattle.