• Endorsement: KNEA and NEA

    It's an honor to have the support of teachers from all across our district, our state, and our country. I will always be the first to raise my hand for public education in Washington.

  • EMILY's List

    I'm very excited to say that I am #OnTheList! The powerhouse of over 3 million people fighting for women's rights believe I have mounted a promising campaign and that Lynn Jenkins, who voted against equal pay for women, can be defeated

  • I've been added to MSNBC's "36 Women to Watch in 2014"!

    I am humbled but very excited to be in the company of these amazing women, including Wendy Davis running for Governor in Texas, Allison Lundergan Grimes who is opposing McConnell in Kentucky, and Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina.

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Getting Social

Don’t be shy, join the coversation! Margie is active on Facebook and Twitter in order to connect with everyone in Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District.

@MargieforKS

Tonight, I spoke with an amazing crowd at the Women for Kansas convention! I'm honored to have their endorsement. http://t.co/9XMm0BTBLu

Saturday August 30, 2014

@MargieforKS

I spent the morning in Horton at a trail dedication for the Kickapoo Tribe's Diabetes Prevention Program. http://t.co/HCPxvYTryv

Saturday August 30, 2014

@MargieforKS

Our wage gap and stagnant minimum wage keeps millions of women in poverty, many with children who depend on them. http://t.co/8M28Mk2Ds7

Friday August 29, 2014

Margie Wakefield for Kansas

Kansas is one of the ten least affordable states for child care... Our wage gap and stagnant minimum wage is creating millions of impoverished women, many with children who depend on them. Mothers in Kansas are struggling just to afford the essentials: food, clothing, diapers, etc. Yet, their representative in Congress is so focused on serving a partisan, obstructionist agenda that she's forgotten about helping our district's working families. Lynn Jenkins voted for the Ryan Budget, which would cut SNAP benefits by $137 billion over the next ten years, ending food assistance for millions of struggling families, assistance that hard-working parents depend on to feed their children. That won't help the countless mothers who don't have a dime left for food after pouring every cent of their minimum wage check into unaffordable child care. In fact, in Kansas, the average annual cost of child care is greater than the average annual cost of tuition at a public college or university. The Ryan Budget also cuts almost 170,000 children out of Head Start, a program already struggling after unrestored sequestration cuts, slashes $89 billion out of the K-12 budget, and eliminates $170 billion in Pell Grants over the next decade. Lynn Jenkins' vote FOR the Ryan Budget hinders educational opportunities for children from their first day in preschool to their graduation from college. Again, these aren't just issues for women. While the disproportionate effect our wage gap and our stagnant wages have on women keeps them from realizing great opportunities, these problems are also having real-life consequences on our economic health and the future of our children. We ought to be expanding affordable education opportunities, putting children in world-class learning environments as soon as possible, but unaffordable child care and limited access to Head Start is preventing children from reaching their full potential today, and that will damage our economic health tomorrow. In Congress, I will not just fight to close the wage gap and make the minimum wage a more livable wage, I'll also work to help hard-working families succeed and ensure that all of our children have access to affordable education opportunities. Please share this post, and make sure that your friends and family know that there's a candidate in this race who will work for our district's women, children, and all families in Congress.

Friday August 29, 2014

@MargieforKS

These aren't just a women's issues, they're issues that concern the health and the future of the entire economy. http://t.co/0HuKWwe9ul

Thursday August 28, 2014

Margie Wakefield for Kansas

One-third of American women are living in poverty! This week, we've been talking about problems affecting women in America. We've talked about the wage gap between men and women, as well as the overwhelming number of women that make up our minimum-wage workforce. These problems have real-life consequences for women, their children, and their families. One-in-three American women, 42 million, live in poverty, which doesn't include the 28 million children that depend on those women. In Kansas alone, one-out-of-four children lives below the poverty line. The burden of a childhood in poverty makes children more susceptible to a wide-range of physical and mental afflictions, putting the productivity and success of their future in jeopardy. There are solutions to these problems, and we've been discussing them all week long. Closing the wage gap and making the minimum wage a livable one, among others. Just closing the wage gap alone would add almost $500 billion to the economy. Again, this isn't just a women's issue, this is an economic issue that concerns the health of the entire economy. And, with so many children affected by poverty, it strikes at the heart of our country's future. We need to be working for the success of all our families, and that includes our state's poorest parents. In Congress, I'll work for common-sense solutions that will help pull men, women, and children out of poverty and contribute to the long-term health of our economy. We have just two days left in our week-long discussion of the issues facing women in our state and our country. Would you share this post and make sure that we're getting plenty of others in on the conversation we're having this week?

Thursday August 28, 2014

@MargieforKS

In Washington, I'll work to make sure that the minimum wage is a livable wage for women, children, and families. http://t.co/XtJLqYf2ek

Thursday August 28, 2014

Margie Wakefield for Kansas

Margie Wakefield for Kansas commented on her own photo.

Wednesday August 27, 2014

Margie Wakefield for Kansas

Two-thirds of minimum wage earners in America are women. We need to raise the minimum wage! Today, women are bearing the brunt of stagnant wages at the bottom of the pay scale. A woman working full-time and making the federal minimum wage, many of whom are single mothers, earns about $14,500 per year, below the poverty line for a family of two. Meanwhile, Lynn Jenkins' Child Tax Credit bill that passed the House on a strictly partisan vote just a month ago failed to extend tax credits for parents making under $15,000, making hard-working, minimum wage women just too poor for Lynn Jenkins to care about. It did, however, extend a credit to families making over $110,000, adding $115 billion to the federal debt that she rails against on a daily basis. Let me be clear. This isn't just a women's issue. It's an economic issue, and finding a solution is critical to the future of our economy and the success of all Americans. Raising the minimum wage will pull almost five million people out of poverty, and most of them are women. During this week, as we celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment that guaranteed women the right to vote, we must reflect on how far the fight for equality still has to go. When I go to Washington, I'll work to solve this economic problem, put an end to these troubling statistics, and make sure that the minimum wage is a livable wage for women, their children, and their families. As always, I need you to share this post, and help me get your friends and family in on the conversation we're having this week about the issues facing women in our state and our country.

Wednesday August 27, 2014

@MargieforKS

Today is the 94th anniversary of the 19th Amendment's certification as law, but the struggle for equality continues. http://t.co/HXK9JQEn7h

Tuesday August 26, 2014


Your Thoughts

I've already told you what I think about a handful of issues. I want to know where you stand. Please take the surveys below and join the conversation! 

A recent poll done by the Wind Coalition and the Climate + Energy Project says that 91% of Kansas voters are strongly supportive of using renewable energy. Are you in support of using renewable energy?
If you answered other to the previous question, please explain why.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that an increase in the federal minimum wage to $10.10 would pull 900,000 Americans out of poverty and increase the net income of 16.5 million. CBO also estimates that it could reduce employment by 500,000 jobs. I'd like everyone to take the survey below and tell me what you think. Is it better to raise incomes and pull nearly a million people out of poverty at the expense of half a million jobs that currently pay $7.25. Or is it better to keep the status quo?
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