“Like many Americans, and women in particular, on November 8th I was shocked and angry. Since that night these sentiments have only intensified as I’ve watched President Trump aggressively work to turn back the clock for women. He rolled back equal pay protections for women working for federal contractors, he is chipping away at the ability of women to make their own reproductive health choices, and his healthcare bill essentially penalizes women for their gender. Not only does the Trump/House Republican healthcare plan take us back to the days when pregnancy was a preexisting condition, it will also substantially raise the out-of-pocket costs for childbirth and other women’s health services.
Donald Trump’s behavior, actions, and rhetoric are unacceptable, but what’s worse is the refusal of House Republicans to hold him accountable. In my district, Congressman Leonard Lance, who I am challenging, is actively enabling President Trump. He has voted with him 93% of the time. With regard to women’s health, Representative Lance has 0% score from Planned Parenthood and does not support a woman’s right to make her own healthcare choices.
In 2017, it is stunning that we are still debating whether women should have the freedom to make their own health choices and be paid the same amount as men for doing the same work. What message are we sending to our girls? This is why I am running. I am running to stand up for pay equity, a woman’s right to choose, and health insurance coverage that does not subject women to a different standard. I am also running to advance policies to protect the air that we breathe and the water that we drink, to create a more equitable and innovative economy, to rebuild our neglected transportation infrastructure, to stand up for marginalized communities, and to ensure that our education system is adequately preparing our children to be successful in our rapidly evolving economy.
I have spent over 30 years in technology and banking where I’ve often been the only woman at the table so I know what it means to fight for myself and for others. I made sure that while I had a seat at the table, I also created seats for other women, including women of color, to ensure equal access of opportunity. I know how to fight and I know how to win, but more importantly, I know how to serve.”
This statement was first published on UniteWomen.org on May 16, 2017 as the the first in their new series entitled #WhyImRunning, highlighting the record number of women are running for office since the November election.
About Linda Weber
Linda working the event at Relay for Life 2009
Linda Weber is a mother, community leader, and businesswoman who has shattered glass ceilings in banking and technology. Linda is the eldest of six children. Her parents instilled in her a commitment to service and standing up for herself and others. From circulating a petition at age 9 that required her family’s church to allow girls to be altar servers to fighting for equal pay while working at a technology company, Linda has maintained a lifelong commitment to leadership and advocacy.
A trailblazer in finance and technology, Linda built some of the first customer online banking platforms in the United States. Over her 30-year career, she started and turned around businesses within the Fortune 500 and founded two startups. Currently, she is a Senior Vice President at IDB Bank in New York City where she founded the institution’s Corporate Cash Management and online banking business. Prior to joining IDB, Linda held senior executive positions in banks and software companies including Fiserv, Inc., CoreStates Bank, and Chase Manhattan Bank. At CoreStates, Linda had the distinction of being the youngest woman ever to be promoted to Senior Vice President. At the time, she was also one of the youngest SVPs in banking in the country. Her successes did not go unnoticed; in 1997, she was featured on the cover of the American Banker newspaper while pregnant – another first.
Linda’s commitment to service makes her one of the most active community leaders in New Jersey’s Seventh District. For five years, she was Chair of the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life in northern Union County, raising millions of dollars for cancer research and patient services. Her successes lead to an invitation to join the Board of Directors of the Eastern Division of the American Cancer Society, and she currently serves as the Vice President for Board and Volunteer Development. In recognition of her service, the American Cancer Society gave Linda the St. George Award, one of the society’s highest honors, as well as the Humanitarian Award from the ACS Eastern Division. In addition to her work on behalf of cancer patients and survivors, Linda served on the Board of Directors of The Birth Center, which offers a wide range of women’s health services, and as the president of her local Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).
Proud parents Linda and Mark with sons, Luke and Theo at Theo’s high school graduation
Linda resides in Berkeley Heights with her husband of 30 years, Mark, a music teacher in the Warren Township Public Schools. They have two sons: Theo, a senior at Northwestern University (and a four-year manager of the record-setting men’s basketball team); and Luke, a sophomore at the University of Southern California (where he plays trumpet in the renowned Spirit of Troy Marching Band). Both of her sons graduated from public schools in New Jersey. Linda graduated cum laude from the University of Rochester where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/Community Health and a Master of Science degree in Health Policy Analysis.
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