Women's Rights

Historically, women had to fight to gain the same rights as their male counterparts. Whether it was the right to vote, equal pay for equal work, or even the ability to decide what happens with their own body. The struggles to achieve equality have been hard and the fight continues. The past several years have seen an unprecedented number of attacks on the rights of women, specifically when it comes to reproductive rights. Reproductive rights need to remain between a woman, her family, and her doctor, and not by politicians. I will fight like hell not only to protect, but to expand the rights of women in America.

I strongly support a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. Moreover, organizations like Planned Parenthood should be fully funded to continue their mission to support women’s health, healthcare access, and reproductive rights.

I will work hard to guarantee all women are ensured pay equity, equal opportunity, environments free of harassment, and to codify Roe v. Wade.


Tom Emmer has voted against every significant piece of women’s legislation over the past ten years. He voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act which works to ensure equal pay for equal work. He voted against the Violence Against Women Act, and is a staunch opponent of women’s reproductive rights.

Emmer has sponsored legislation that would restrict all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest. When it comes to supporting the reproductive rights of women, Emmer has a lifetime rating from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund of 0%.