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Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Representing the 13th District of California

Women

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Sep 12, 2014 Press Release

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee issued the following statement marking the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women’s Act, which was signed into law this week in 1994 by President Bill Clinton.

“In the twenty years since the Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA) became law, we have seen the culture and attitudes surrounding domestic violence change. Violence and abuse have no place in our society.

As a social worker, I have seen firsthand the critical services provided for survivors, law enforcement and social workers by VAWA.

Jul 21, 2014 In The News

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) announced Alameda-based Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS) will receive a $899,841grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to increase enrollment and retention of women in community college STEM courses.

Jul 19, 2014 In The News

ALAMEDA (CBS SF) — Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, announced Thursday a federal grant of nearly $900,000 for an Alameda-based organization that helps to close the gender gap for women and girls in male-dominated careers.
The Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS) will receive the $899,841 grant from the National Science Foundation to help increase enrollment and retention of women in community college science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses.

Jul 16, 2014 In The News

The head of a major technology industry group is promising to tackle the lack of women and minority employees at major tech firms. 

In an op-ed in USA Today on Wednesday, Information Technology Industry Council chief executive Dean Garfield said Silicon Valley needs the help of everyone from “parents to policymakers” to root out the sector’s “diversity problem.”

Jul 8, 2014 In The News

Major tech companies like Facebook, Yahoo and Google aren’t doing enough to add more women and minority workers to their rolls, three Northern California Democrats charged on Tuesday.

“It is painfully clear the sector faces a persistent and troubling deficit when it comes to women, African-Americans and Latinos,” Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) claimed in an op-ed in the San Jose Mercury News.

Jul 8, 2014 In The News

A trio of US Democratic congresswomen have criticized top tech firms' lack of diversity.

In an op-ed for The San Jose Mercury News, California Representatives Zoe Lofgren, Anna Eshoo and Barbara Lee called out Silicon Valley's technology houses for the low numbers of women and minorities in their ranks.

"It is painfully clear the sector faces a persistent and troubling deficit when it comes to women, African-Americans and Latinos," the trio wrote.

Jun 30, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) offered this statement following the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Burwell:

“I was disappointed by this morning’s Supreme Court ruling which fundamentally undercuts the rights of working women to make their own healthcare choices.

“Health care choices should be made by a woman in consultation with her healthcare providers. A woman’s employer has no place in those decisions.”

Jun 24, 2014 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Lee, a member of the Appropriations Committee, offered several amendments to the Fiscal Year 2015 State and Foreign Operations (SFOPS) Appropriations bill.

“The funding in this bill is critical to the U.S.’s long-term strategic and national security goals of promoting human rights and representative government. Congress must continue to support critical initiatives by the State Department and USAID  to advance diplomacy and peace around the globe.”

Jun 24, 2014 Press Release

Washington, DC – This week, Congresswoman Barbara Lee is offering two amendments to protect women’s reproductive health options.

May 29, 2014 In The News

Members of Congress united with activist leaders, DREAMers, immigrant mothers and families on Thursday in Washington, D.C. to discuss the challenges facing those with immigration issues and their families.

Their goal was to encourage legislators to focus on the impact today's immigration policies have on women and children, a group strongly involved in said policy but seldom heard.

During the hearing, some important, yet lesser-known facts regarding immigration were shared.According to Andrea Mercado, campaign director for the National Domestic