By Derrick DePledge
Wendy Mink, the daughter of the late U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink, has endorsed U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz.
Congresswoman Mink was a liberal and feminist hero widely credited for Title IX, the 1972 amendment to federal law that prohibited gender discrimination in education.
From Wendy Mink, an educator, in a message set to go out on Monday:
Senator Schatz proved his deep commitment by pushing forward a debate-changing bill with Senator Tom Harkin to expand Social Security. This legislation would increase benefits and extend the solvency of the program by having the wealthiest pay in at the same rate as the rest of America.
Senator Schatz's strong position on Social Security advances economic security for all of us, but it is especially important for women. While older women are more likely to face poverty than men, Social Security keeps 3 out of every 8 older women out of poverty.
My mother is perhaps best known as the co-author and lead defender of Title IX, the law that guarantees educational equity for girls and women. She also fought tirelessly for economic equity for women, who still today make up two-thirds of minimum wage workers and who, along with children, make up the vast majority of the poor.
Senator Schatz has enlisted unequivocally in the struggle for women’s equality and economic security. He has worked with President Obama on legislation to enforce equal pay for equal work, became an early co-sponsor of legislation to raise the minimum wage, and advocates for important policies like child care tax credits and paid family and medical leave to make it easier for parents to balance work and family responsibilities.
We will only move closer the ideals of equality and fairness if we have unwavering leadership from allies we can count on in the Senate.
Schatz is facing U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary.