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Congressman Eric Swalwell

Representing the 15th District of California


Women's History Month

Dear Friend,

During Women’s History Month, join me in honoring the tremendous role that women have played in shaping our nation and recognizing the struggles they continue to face across the world.  The fight for social and economic justice for women continues, and I am an ally in this fight.

Throughout my first term in Congress, I have been a strong advocate for pay equity, access to quality healthcare, and preventing violence against women.  That is because when women succeed, the East Bay succeeds.  

Today, women earn only 77 cents for each dollar a man earns.  I am proud that in California, that number is higher – 84 cents.  But, even that is not where we need to be.  That is why I am a cosponsor of H.R. 377, the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would improve the ability of women to achieve pay equity.  

As a prosecutor, I saw first-hand the issues of domestic violence and saw how horribly many women are victimized every day in this country.  Now, as a member of Congress, I am fighting for common sense legislation to protect women against violence.  I voted yes on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, renewing already established programs which are intended to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault and provide services to victims.

I also would like to take this opportunity to recognize one of the extraordinary woman who I am privileged to represent.  Betty DeForest moved to South Hayward in 1952 with her family.  She became deeply involved in her community through serving on the school board, directing the Eden Youth and Family Center, and now leading the South Hayward Parish.  During her 62 years in Hayward, she has been fierce advocate for those who seemed to be forgotten by their community.  I am so grateful for Betty’s efforts, and we must do all we can to help women in the East Bay succeed like her. 

It is an honor to represent California’s 15th Congressional District.  To share your thoughts and to keep up with what else is happening in Congress, I encourage you to visit my website here.  On my website, you can view my voting record, sign up for my e-newsletter, and access my Twitter and Facebook pages.


Eric Swalwell
Member of Congress