Joseline Pena-Melnyk was endorsed this week by the National Organization for Women (NOW) in the CD4 race. Press release from Thursday:
National Organization for Women (NOW) Endorses Joseline Peña-Melnyk: “We need women at the table”
The largest, most comprehensive feminist advocacy group in the United States has endorsed Joseline Peña-Melnyk for Congress. Founded in 1966, NOW takes action to bring women into full participation in society—sharing equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities with men, while living free from discrimination.
“There is a real chance that after this election on April 26, we will lose women in Maryland’s congressional delegation, and that would be a terrible loss,” said Sandy Bell Action Vice President for Maryland NOW. “Even beyond her many qualifications and her reputation as the toughest fighter for working families in the House of Delegates, Joseline Peña-Melnyk brings a perspective we desperately need in the US Congress. We are thrilled to endorse her, and we look forward to all the great work she will do in Congress to make sure women can participate fully in our economy, earn what they deserve, and have access to the full range of health choices they need.”
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Women account for a majority of the population here in the United States, yet in 2016 we find ourselves fighting for the basic rights our fathers, sons and brothers are afforded by birth,” said Peña-Melnyk. “Women, including women of color, have a right to control our own bodies, to make our own decisions, to earn fair pay for a hard day’s work. We are not a special interest group – we are people and we count. And I am going to fight every day in the U.S. Congress to make sure all women are represented fully and treated equally in this country.”
Joseline Peña-Melnyk is the only woman running to replace Donna Edwards in the 4th congressional district. Joining NOW, Peña-Melnyk recently endorsed Donna Edwards for US Senate. “I am proud to have the support of Joseline Peña-Melnyk, a great partner and force for positive change in Annapolis,” said Edwards in response to Peña-Melnyk’s endorsement. “Together, we’ve worked to expand economic opportunity for women, make the DREAM Act a reality for Maryland, and ensure a more fair and equitable criminal justice system for all Marylanders.”