Equality for Women

I have been blessed with outstanding female role models throughout my life. Despite humble origins and with little formal education, my Mom showed an indefatigable spirit and instilled me with the belief that anything is possible. Her love, strength, and independence made a profound impact on me and although I lost her just after my 20th birthday, she continues to guide me each day.

My better half for over 22 years, Elizabeth is a brilliant Berkeley graduate who has dedicated her professional life to children and the country as a Pediatric Nephrologist and a Captain in the Navy. In her 26th year of active duty service, she manages to miraculously balance the demands of being mother, physician, and Naval Officer.

Throughout my career, I have been deeply influenced by women mentors. I had the great fortune of learning my field from two of the world’s best Interventional and Pediatric Interventional Radiologists: Anne Roberts, MD and Patricia Burrows, MD; and Admiral (Ret.) Christine Hunter inspired and supported me as a Congressional Fellow, confident that we could make a difference in the lives of Americans.

In Washington I will tirelessly fight for women. Whether it’s equal pay for equal work, leadership and educational opportunities, or empowerment of traditional family roles I believe that our community and our nation will thrive when women are given the opportunities to achieve their fullest potential.

Steve ferrara is a retired member of the navy. Use of his military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement from the department of defense or the navy.