Though Congressman Bill Cassidy is not my congressman, he has declared he wants to be my senator. Well, my question for him is, “Why do you expect women to vote for you when you keep voting against women?”

He recently voted against the stronger, better version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization that fortunately passed despite his opposition and will protect more women from violence. Why not protect as many women as possible?

He voted on Thursday to block the Paycheck Fairness Act which will provide better tools to fight the unacceptable discrimination and lower wages that women are facing in the workplace. Is he against women contributing to the economic well-being of their families — where they might be heads of households or major contributors alongside their husbands? Why not support transparency and fairness to all in the workplace?

I doubt he can answer those questions satisfactorily. I also have to ask my own congressman, Steve Scalise, (who at least is not trying to be my senator) why he too voted against women twice recently. This is the United States of America, and women deserve equal pay and full protection from violence.

Julie Schwam Harris

retired public administrator

New Orleans