Michele Vaughn, CCDWLI Chair and Co-Founder, made the following statement about the event:
“We were privileged to have U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), as the speaker at our annual Fall Gala. She spoke about the fight for our democracy and providing access to all Americans the right to vote. As the chair for the Rules committee, Senator Klobuchar is actively changing the expectations of her role by fueling a movement to protect voter rights. Senator Klobuchar is the chief sponsor of the Freedom to Vote Act.”
“She has recently introduced the Freedom to Vote Act, which was created to set national standards so that all Americans can vote however is most convenient, no matter what zip code they call home. This includes things like the ability to request a mail-in ballot, being able to register to vote on Election Day, and having at least two weeks of early voting. Senator Klobuchar is again looking out for the working community and believes that no one should have to decide between taking paycheck at work and casting a vote. This bill provides better accessibility for variable schedules.”
The senator’s first experience with public policy followed the birth of her daughter, Abigail, where she was the lead advocate for a law guaranteeing new mom and their babies a 48-hour hospital stay.
Growing up with two working class parents, Senator Klobuchar remains focused on working family communities. She has a reputation for being consumer driven and has worked with both Democratic and Republican leaders to support small business communities, fight human trafficking, address the opioid epidemic, and protect consumers.
While she advocates for many issues, she believes are important, her priority is to enable everyone to vote
The CCDWLI’s goal is recognize women as the leaders they are at every level, and to support and encourage those who are willing to stand up and fight on the issues that matter to women and families.
Our hope is that U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s experience will inspire current and future leaders, particularly women leaders, here in our community to stand up and make a difference on the issues about which they feel most passionately.