During Donald Trump’s first year in office, he has worked to set back the clock on achieving equal rights for women, from rescinding the requirement that employers provide contraception coverage to overturning a rule designed to close the gender pay gap.

In 2018, we will have the opportunity to defend important civil rights protections that are under attack and make new progress towards achieving equal rights for women.  I started my career working for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose lifelong battle for equal rights is an enduring inspiration to me.  I am running for Attorney General in Colorado in 2018 to continue this fight. 

In one of her most impassioned arguments for equal rights for women, Justice Ginsburg’s dissent in the Ledbetter case challenged the injustice of a rule that denied recovery for women who did not know they were paid less than men for the same work.  Ultimately, Ginsburg’s moral clarity won out:  in 2009, Congress passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which provided for protection against pay discrimination and was the first bill Obama signed into law.

I am running for Attorney General to protect equal rights for all, to fight for equal pay for equal work, and to fight against sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination against women.  I will not only protect those rights through law enforcement, I will make the Attorney General’s office a model in recruiting, supporting, and promoting women and people of color.  

Over my time as the Dean of the University of Colorado Law School, I made such efforts a top priority, working with the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, among other organizations, to advance women in the profession.   I will similarly prioritize such efforts as Colorado’s next Attorney General.  Please take a look at and share with others my plan for doing that, which includes establishing a leader on inclusive excellence in the office.

Please join me on this journey and help make sure that we make 2018 a year we advance equal rights and equal justice for all.