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As the primaries churn on, there is a lot of talk about how to appeal to women. There seems to be a lot of discussion centered on which candidates, on both sides of the aisle, are best on women’s issues. So, I thought it would be helpful to make a list of what types of issues woman might care about. 

Taxes: Whether it’s property taxes, inherence taxes, or income taxes, women seem to care about how much of their paycheck they get to take home and what their tax dollars are spent on. For some, this is also a business concern, as they may own businesses that are impacted by tax structure. 

Healthcare: Making sure that medical care is available for themselves and their family is a big concern to them. Women want to get the care they and their families need in an affordable, accessible way. And — yes — that also means for many that they get to make medical decisions about their own bodies. 

Transportation: Being able to ensure that they and their families have a safe, accessible, reliable infrastructure is important to women. For some women, this is also an economic issue, as transportation can impact their businesses.

Crime: Finding safe places to live and raise their family without the threat of violence is of significant concern to this group. 

Education: Often thought of as an economic issue for this group, ensuring the next generation gets a quality education is thought to help boost the economy.

Gun control: Many women want access to guns for protection and for hunting. At the same time, they also would like to keep dangerous large capacity weapons out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.

Environment: Women are concerned that they and their community have access to clean water, that the air they breathe is free of pollutants and that the food they eat is healthy and contaminate free. 

It can often be hard to address niche issues while remaining popular with the general electorate but hopefully this has helped shed light on what it is women will be thinking about when we head to voting booths. 

Readers please share other issues and concern you think should be added to the list!

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Cathleen Lewis
Cathleen, the Mayor of Lawrence Township & a full-time Public Affairs professional, counts her best job as being Mommy to Abigail (3 years) and Bridget (6 months ). A New Yorker originally, but Boston raised, Cathleen enjoys the challenge of raising the girls in a mixed household with her Yankee-fan husband Paul. She hopes to make up for the confusion by encouraging the family’s love of Rutgers football. She dreams of sharing her love of beaches, margaritas, music and adventure but is happy to squeeze in a family walk with the dog and a back yard BBQ these days. Formerly an avid reader and writer before work, life and children; Cathleen hopes she hasn’t lost her ability to capture thoughts through the written word but often can’t remember where the grocery list is.

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