Social Justice & Equality
I believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every North Carolinian. Our laws should promote equality and justice regardless of who we are or who we love.
I will fight for a full repeal of HB2. Last year, some Democrats voted for a compromised replacement of HB2, which still restricts local communities from passing nondiscrimination ordinances. With the Republican's current super-majority, that compromise vote was not needed. I believe that is wrong and HB2 must be repealed. Period.
I will also fight to add sexual orientation and gender expression to the classes protected under North Carolina's Civil Rights Statute.
As a pro-choice woman, I am proud to be a Lillian's List Featured Candidate, and to be endorsed by Planned Parenthood. I will work to uphold reproductive rights in North Carolina.
Respect for Women in the Workplace & Public Life
The North Carolina Democratic Party has embraced the #MeToo movement. I believe those courageous women and it is one of the reasons I am running for the District 11 House seat. We need not only a policy shift to end harassment at work and at home and in our government institutions, but we need a cultural shift as well. We need to get past the idea of “No means NO” to “Yes means YES” and make affirmative consent the norm. We must also reform the process for reporting harassment in the General Assembly so that nobody falls through the cracks.
I want to work in the legislature to make all people feel safe and respected in North Carolina. I am very qualified to address each of these issues.
Equal Pay for Equal Work
In North Carolina, the pay gap remains a barrier for women. On average, women in North Carolina only make $0.82 for every $1.00 that white men make. This gap is even wider for women of color. We must address the racial and gender wage gap at every angle: with systemic shifts in policy, culture, and norms.