During recent months, I have been doing a lot of political research. I have decided it is time to be informed about what is going on in my state and country. During my research, I have decided that I don’t really identify with either the democrats or the republicans. While doing the research about the Senate candidates, I came across Alexi Giannoulias and have identified with some of the stances he takes. Giannoulias winning the race for Senate would be the best case scenario for my family and me.
What does Giannoulias stand for?
In the education area, Giannoulias supports teachers and their jobs. He is also a believer in early education. He wants to emphasize the importance of early head start schooling and make it more available. As for college and workforce training, Giannoulias is in favor of making more Pell grants available, so more people have this opportunity available to them.
Giannoulias believes in equal pay for both men and women. Currently statistics show that women make a shocking 78 cents to the 1 dollar men make, and working mothers make even less. He wants to make sure that equal pay is given to all
In the area of women’s rights, Giannoulias is in favor of the Roe vs Wade decision and will fight to uphold that to ensure the right to choose is protected. He also is working to help mother’s get paid time off for the birth of a child or adoption. Currently only federally employed women are guaranteed paid time off. He wants to make sure all mothers have the same opportunity.
How does this affect me?
Currently, I am not working outside the home. When I go back to work (which will be sooner rather than later), I want to be able to make equivalent pay to the men I will be working with. Currently it is shown that working mothers make 69 cents to the 1 dollar that men make. I am really hopeful that Giannoulias can make that gap less or completely close it.
As for the abortion issue, being pro-choice is really important to me. As a survivor of rape, I would never want someone to not have a choice. It is a very touchy subject, but the reality is some women do get pregnant from their attacker. No woman should be forced to have a child, especially in delicate situations like that.
In the education area, I am a firm believer in head start schooling for children. My daughter was in a head start preschool and continues to excel in school (she is 6 and in the 1st grade). I strongly believe it is due to the efforts put forth in schooling at a young age. I am also hoping for some aid being available for the people who cannot afford these schools, as currently with my son we are in a position where we can’t afford it.
The paid time off Giannoulias is trying to make available to all working mothers is something that really hits home. When I had my daughter, I was not allowed a “maternity leave” and I went back to work four weeks after she was born. With my son, I was not currently working. We are planning to have another baby sometime in the future and it would be a lot less stressful to know that I would be able to get at least four weeks paid off after the birth.
Sources: Personal Opinion
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