Senator Maria Collett Champions Women’s Rights in the Workforce at Federal Panel

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a significant gathering on April 1, Pennsylvania Senator Maria Collett (D-12 Montgomery), alongside other influential voices from various sectors, took part in a panel discussion aimed at highlighting and advocating for gender equity in the workforce. The event, hosted by the United States Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau and its Chief Diversity and Equity Office, brought together a diverse group of panelists to share their experiences and efforts in promoting justice and equality for women workers.

The discussion, titled “Celebrating Women Workers who Advocate for Change,” saw contributions from individuals representing skilled trades, professional sports, and more. Senator Collett, a Democrat from Montgomery County, expressed her commitment to advancing policies that support working women. “It’s about building a more just, equitable, and prosperous economy for every American,” she remarked, reflecting on the legacy of women who have fought for rights and recognition in the workplace.

Senator Collett’s advocacy work includes efforts to establish paid family and medical leave, strengthen sexual harassment policies, modernize equal pay laws, and improve access to menstrual products. These initiatives are designed to address some of the most pressing issues facing working women today, from wage disparities to workplace safety and health.

However, the path to legislative change is fraught with challenges. Senator Collett acknowledged the barriers that often hinder progress but remained undeterred. “It’s my job to figure out a way to get around them,” she said, underscoring her determination to find allies and push through legislation that could significantly benefit the women of Pennsylvania.

The panel also featured notable speakers such as Betty Hung, Senior Counselor to Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su; Dulce Ceballos, a domestic worker and member of the National Domestic Workers Alliance; Rochelle Ramsey-Walker, a tradeswoman with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades; Jessica Tang, Vice President of the American Federation of Teachers; and Mana Shim, a professional soccer player. Each shared their unique perspectives on the struggles and triumphs of advocating for women in their respective fields.

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This gathering comes at a crucial time when women’s rights in the workplace are increasingly at the forefront of national conversations. From the gender pay gap to the lack of representation in certain industries, the challenges are manifold. Yet, the panelists’ stories offer hope and a roadmap for achieving greater equity and inclusion.

Senator Collett’s participation in this panel not only highlights the ongoing efforts within Pennsylvania to champion women’s rights but also serves as a reminder of the collective action required to make lasting changes. As the nation continues to grapple with these issues, discussions like the one on Monday are vital for inspiring action and ensuring that the workplace becomes a fairer and more equitable environment for all.

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