The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is not federally ratified. Paid parental leave is not a mandatory employer benefit by law. Childcare costs are prohibitive. The wage gap has not been closed, and Women of Color and transgender women have even higher wage gaps. Reproductive freedom is constantly under attack.  The Violence Against Women Act has been allowed to expire amidst partisan disagreements. Rape kits go untested due to lack of funding. Congress has allowed women’s physical and economic security to remain a secondary priority, and as a vocal, pro-choice advocate for women’s rights, Lauren will fight for women as a top priority.