When women earn more, families are stronger, and children have better access to quality health care and education.
Hardworking men and women deserve not only job security, but also a paycheck when they need to take time off to care for a loved one.
I believe transparency in government is key to restoring our nation's faith in its elected leaders.
The brave men and women who have served - and those who continue to serve - our armed forces have selflessly sacrificed for our nation, and we owe it to them to provide the best services and protections available when they're overseas and after they return home.
While we can never truly repay the debt we owe our heroes, the least we should do for our brave veterans is to ensure that the government takes a proactive approach to delivering the services and benefits they have earned, so they can access the care they need and so richly deserve.
The men and women who lived through and came to our rescue on 9/11 were not Democrats or Republicans or Independents. They were Americans first and foremost, and so were the people they saved.
While we can't begin to repay the debt we owe our veterans for their brave service, we can certainly take steps to ease the physical, psychological and financial hardships they may be experiencing.
I find that when you open the door toward openness and transparency, a lot of people will follow you through.
My hope is that in the future, women stop referring to themselves as 'the only woman' in their physics lab or 'only one of two' in their computer science jobs.
When we create hope and opportunity in the lives of others, we allow love, decency and promise to triumph over cowardice and hate.
A strong mentor can help a young woman find and advance in the career of her dreams that otherwise may have seemed impossible.
Empowering women in the workforce is a key to growing the economy and having a thriving middle class.
There is no greater call to service than that of our brave men and women who serve our country in combat across the globe.
If we expect our children to thrive at our colleges and universities, and succeed in our economy once they graduate - first we must make quality, affordable early childhood education accessible to all.
For many of the brave men and women who have fought on the front lines, returning home means trying to navigate a complicated and bureaucratic Veterans Administration benefits system.
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