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Where would we be without our policy allies?  They ensure that women, men, and young people here and abroad have the tools for family planning and reproductive health care.  By supporting legislation and securing funding for programs, they look after our physical, mental, and economic well-being.   

We have a long history of public engagement — from fighting for suffrage, integration and health care — and we need our Defenders to advance our causes.


Defenders-Stacey-Y-Abrams.jpgRepresentative Stacey Abrams

House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the 89th House District

The first woman to lead in the Georgia General Assembly and the first African American to lead in the House of Representatives, Rep. Adams has spoken favorably about expanding Medicaid.

@staceyabrams

Defenders-Alma-Adams.jpgCongresswoman Alma Adams

Representative for North Carolina's 12th District

Congresswoman Adams was the key spokesperson in the North Carolina General Assembly on the issue of women’s reproductive rights.  She believes that a woman cannot call herself free if she does not own and control her own body.

[@RepAlmaSAdams]

Defenders-Cory-Booker.jpgSenator Cory Booker

Junior Senator for New Jersey

Senator Booker, a strong supporter of women, has spoken up about the need for equal pay for equal work, legislation to raise the federal minimum wage, and the expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

@CoryBooker

Defenders-Tamia-Booker.jpgTamia Booker

Director of African American and Women's Outreach, Immediate Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Booker is an important champion for women, reaching out to ensure that uninsured women have access to coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

@TamiaDBooker

Defenders-Murial-Bowser.jpgMayor Muriel Bowser

District of Columbia Mayor

Mayor Bowser, the second female mayor in Washington, DC, has filled leadership positions with strong women.  The residents of DC know they are in the best hands possible with a mayor committed to uplifting the middle class.

@MurielBowser

Defenders-Jean-D-Breaux.jpgSenator Jean Breaux

Indiana Senate, 34th district

State Senator Breaux has been a strong supporter of women’s preventive health care. She has voted against legislation that would impede a woman's choice to decide what is best for her reproductive needs.

@JeanBreaux

Defenders-Charlie-Brown.jpgState Representative Charlie Brown

Indiana House of Representatives, 3rd District

A believer in universal health care, State Representative Brown supports accepting Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.  He has been a leader in assisting uninsured and under-insured women to receive the care they need, and he has been instrumental in providing educational and emotional support to cancer patient families.

Defenders-GK-Butterfield.jpgCongressman G.K. Butterfield

Representative for North Carolina's 1st district

Congressman Butterfield has been a staunch advocate for ending poverty, a great barrier to access to health care.  He has been instrumental in strengthening and protecting social welfare programs that many women and families rely on as a safety net for economic stability.

@GKButterfield

Defenders-Dawnna-Dukes.jpgState Representative Dawnna Dukes

Texas House of Representatives, 46th District

In her efforts to provide women and children with access to preventive health care, State Representative Dukes notably defended the Women's Health Program in Texas (a Medicaid waiver program), from Governor Rick Perry’s attacks on Planned Parenthood, which at the time served over 40% of the women enrolled.  She expanded the Children's Health Insurance Program and has been especially active in providing the resources needed to keep children safe while preserving families.

@DawnnaDukes

Defenders-Maria-Chappelle-Nadal.jpgSenator Maria Chappelle-Nadal

Senator for District 14 in the Missouri Senate

Outspoken about the need to reform our justice system, State Senator Chappelle-Nadal has addressed concerns about racism in the United States.

@MariaChappelleN

Defenders-Vignetta-Charles.jpgDr. Vignetta Charles

 Senior Vice President of AIDS United

A key leader in working to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States, Dr. Charles is also an advocate for gender equity and comprehensive sex education.

Defenders-Bonnie-Watson-Coleman.jpgCongresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman

Representative for New Jersey's 12th District

Congresswoman Coleman believes that a woman’s right to decide whether or not to have an abortion is between her and her doctor.  She is committed to protecting women’s access to comprehensive reproductive health care services including access to contraceptives, education regarding all reproductive options, and support for healthy pregnancies.

[@BWatsonColeman]

Defenders-Toi-Hutchinson.jpgState Senator Toi Hutchinson

Illinois Senate, 40th District

State Senator Hutchinson's commitment to women's health is evident in bills she has sponsored in the past that would protect pregnant women from discrimination and requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers.

@ToiHutchinson

Defenders-Arthenia-Joyner.jpgState Senator Arthenia Joyner

Florida Senate, 19th District

State Senator Joyner has been a leader dedicated to women's rights and civil rights since the 1960s, when she protested alongside other young activists in Florida.  She is a co-sponsor of the Florida Civil Rights Act, which would have protected women from workplace discrimination.

@JoynerforSenate

Defenders-Robin-Kelly.jpgCongresswoman Robin Kelly

Representative for Illinois's 2nd District

Rep. Kelly has long put women’s interests first — from her support of the Affordable Care Act to her sponsorship of legislation on teen dating violence education.  She has been tapped to serve as Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus’s Health Braintrust for the 114th Congress.

@RepRobinKelly

Defenders-Crystal-Lander.jpgCrystal Lander

Policy and Advocacy Director, Management Sciences for Health

Lander works to increase access to quality health care for all by educating leaders in Congress and decision makers abroad about ways to fix broken systems.

@crystallander

Defenders-Brenda-Lawrence.jpgCongresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representative for Michigan's 14th District

Formerly the mayor of Southfield, Michigan (the first woman and first African American ever elected), Congresswoman Lawrence has supported women's health by endorsing tighter gun laws, defending Medicare, supporting a minimum wage increase, and supporting equal pay and paycheck fairness.

@RepLawrence

Defenders-Barbara-Lee.jpgCongresswoman Barbara Lee

Representative for California’s 13th District

Congresswoman Lee has publicly spoken out on the importance of family planning, comprehensive sex education, and safe and legal abortion, both domestically and internationally — as well as the importance of raising the minimum wage, an important feature in addressing women's health.

@RepBarbaraLee

Defenders-Caya-Lewis.jpgCaya Lewis

Counselor to the Secretary for Science and Public Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Lewis has been a leader in health care policy on Capitol Hill, for the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, and for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  She continues to develop and lead the healthcare administered by a range of government agencies.

Defenders-Gregorio-Millett.jpgGregorio Millett

Vice President and Director of Public Policy, amfAR

Millet previously worked at the White House as a senior policy advisor and is one of three principal writers of the Obama administration’s national HIV/AIDS strategy.  He has worked tirelessly to challenge stereotypes about black men’s sexuality.

Defenders-Phumzile-Mlambo-Ngcuka.jpgPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Executive Director, UN Women

Previously the highest-ranking woman in the history of South African politics, Mlambo-Ngcuka has always championed women's global issues such as domestic violence, poverty, and leadership representation.

@phumzileunwomen

Defenders-Gwen-Moore.jpgCongresswoman Gwen Moore

Representative for Wisconsin's 4th District

Formerly the Democratic Chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, Rep. Moore has supported legislative efforts against domestic violence and date rape and has fought for funding for women’s shelters.

@RepGwenMoore

Defenders-Echoing-Ida.jpgThe Women of Echoing Ida

Echoing Ida is a project of Forward Together that aims to develop and amplify the thought leadership of Black women to further social justice."

Working at the intersection of race, gender, and health care, the Echoing Ida collective creates an environment for black women to create political and social commentary.

@EchoingIda

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