Gloria Steinem Calls Immigration Reform a Women’s Issue
The women’s rights community is not giving up on immigration reform.
Though the bill that hurtled the Senate is likely dead in the water in the House, women’s groups took to the National Press Club on Tuesday to focus attention on the impact immigrant laws have on women—using the star power of feminist activist and author Gloria Steinem to propel them forward.
“A vote against immigration reform, or inaction on this issue,” said Pramila Jayapal, the co-chair of the women’s immigration group We Belong Together, “is really a vote against women, children, and families.”
Women make up about 51% of the immigrant population, according to the Census.”The truth of the matter is,” Steinem said Tuesday, “there is an unrealistic portrayal of who immigrants really are.”