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Candidate Pledge

Our Mamas Uplift All Mamas

Other countries have social safety nets.
The U.S. has women.”

Sociology Professor Jessica Calarco

American policies deeply fail working families. Too many think that childcare and paid family leave are women’s issues. The reality is that they are the most basic economic issues that American families face.

We lose $57 billion a year because of the lack of childcare. Families lose $20.6 billion in wages because of the lack of paid family leave.

Women’s issues are economic issues, and economic issues are family issues.

The World Economic Forum ranks the United States 86th globally in women’s political empowerment. The first and second places go to Iceland and Norway, countries that offer paid maternity and paternity leave, affordable quality government subsidized childcare, and flexible work schedules that make it possible for women to balance their responsibilities both as mothers and professionals. Meanwhile, the U.S. ranks near the bottom of advanced nations in both maternal and child poverty and in child wellness. 

Representation matters.

That’s why Vote Mama only endorses mamas who embrace policy positions that improve the lives of all working families. This list is by no means exhaustive, but rather represents foundational progressive values we seek in our candidates. 


Vote Mama candidates pledge to support:

  • A woman’s right to choose: a woman has the right to decide what she can and can't do with her body.

  • Paid leave: paid family and medical leave for everyone.

  • Universal childcare and pre-k: an investment in childcare and pre-k as economic infrastructure.

  • Gun reform: common sense gun reform to protect Americans from gun violence.

  • Anti-racist governing policies: dismantling systemic racism, oppression, and brutality and listening to, learning from, and amplifying the voices of Black people.

  • Making climate justice an urgent priority.

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