Three prominent Democratic women in New Hampshire praised 2020 presidential hopeful Kamala Harris’ proposals on equal pay and reproductive rights.
The California senator and former state attorney general has called for closing the wage gap between men and women and making state officials get Department of Justice approval before they go forward with their own restrictions on abortion.
Former New Hampshire House Speaker Terie Norelli of Portsmouth called Harris’ reproductive health plan “smart” and “innovative.”
“With the current near-constant attacks from state legislatures on women’s health, we need bold plans like this to ensure that all women’s reproductive rights are protected,” said Norelli, who has been a leader in the state’s abortion rights movement.
Harris spoke about her abortion rights proposal during a campaign stop in Nashua last month.
Former Democratic Party Chairman Kathy Sullivan, and Jackie Weatherspoon, a former state representative from Portsmouth, have commended Harris for her equal-pay plan that would threaten private companies with fines if they don’t do enough to close pay disparity.
Instead of requiring female employees to come forward with complaints, her plan would require companies to submit data each year on equal pay to comply with new standards.
Harris said she was gratified that these policies were attracting local support.
“Women in America are still not being treated equally, valued equally or paid equally in this country. We have to do more. That’s why I am proposing new policies that go on offense on these issues and shift the burden of proof from women to the powerful interests that would infringe on their rights,” Harris said in a statement Saturday.
“I’m thrilled to see my plans to address these crucial issues are resonating with so many accomplished leaders in New Hampshire.”