I'm honored that the White House called twice this year inviting me to join the President in DC. In April, I met President Obama in the White House moments before he signed an Executive Order on Equal Pay. Then, on June 23rd, I participated in the White House Summit on Working Families, where the President spoke about Rhode Island leading the way on paid family leave, a law I championed and won as a newly elected state senator.
On February 5, 2013, 20 years after our federal Family Medical Leave Act passed, I introduced the Temporary Caregiver Insurance Act because Rhode Island is ready for a program that cares for workers while supporting business.
Gayle joins crowd at health care town hall fighting to protect the ACA
Gayle speaks to a crowd of thousands at RI's Women's March, Jan 2017
Gayle with Senator Warren, Congressmembers DeLauro, Clark speaks at Equal Pay Day
Gayle Goldin receives Congressional Angels in Adoption Award
Temporary Caregiver Insurance passes into law
Since I was first elected, I have been a strong voice for the East Side. In my first term, I championed Temporary Caregiver Insurance, making Rhode Island the third state in the country with paid family leave. Now, Rhode Islanders can take time off of work to care for their loved ones without worrying about how they will pay the bills.
Since then, I've made sure parents who need to improve their skills to get a new job can receive child-care assistance while in training. I've worked to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), raise the minimum wage, advocate for affordable housing, increase education funding, protect our most vulnerable children, all while fighting to protect our civil rights.
I'm working to take our health care system to the next level and on legislation to save our environment. I've continued to be an outspoken advocate for women's reproductive rights, marriage equality, gun control, and eliminating the gender wage gap.
I'm lucky to represent a community that cares about so many issues and allows me to be their voice in the Senate. Together, we are moving to a brighter future.
I have had the honor of being recognized nationally for my work in Rhode Island, but the real recognition comes from you. Thank you so much for all of your support, ideas, and involvement.