Where Do The Presidential Candidates Stand On Women's Issues?

a look at their policy proposals and personal beliefs

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The 2016 race for the presidency is one that has, if anything, evoked strong feelings across political parties, even before the primaries. Candidates left and right have presented their stances on dividing issues like immigration, as well as tax reform. And especially as attacks on Planned Parenthood continue strong in 2016 and the wage gap persists more than 50 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act, women's issues have become a prevalent topic in debates, platforms, and rallies. 

Most right-wing candidates have come to a general consensus to maintain anti-abortion policies that only allow for the procedure to be carried out in cases of rape, incest, or if a mother's life is in danger, while liberal candidates support safe, legal, and accessible practice of abortion. It should be noted, however, that these conservative abortion exceptions still greatly reduce the accessibility of abortion for those who need it—just consider the country's backlog of thousands of rape kits, as well as its history of not trusting survivors. If rape is to be an abortion exception, that still does not guarantee that a rape victim will actually be able to access the right.

As for the wage gap, candidates are divided both on its existence, as well as how to solve it. While some propose raising the minimum wage and increasing legislation that would protect a woman's right to a fair and equal wage, others have consistently voted against such legislation, like the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Whether you stand on the left, right, or middle part of the political spectrum, it's important to be aware of the issues that affect you, and how legislation could affect both your paychecks and your body. This is where every candidate stands on the issues that affect women.