By: Isabella Balandran and Feli Pliego

Six Democrats competing for California’s 48th Congressional District—which is currently held by Republican Dana Rohrabacher—discussed women’s issues during a debate Wednesday night in the Robert B. Moore Theater at Orange Coast College.

Candidates Harley Rouda, Hans Keirstead, Omar Siddiqui, Laura Oatman, Michael Kotick and Rachel Payne tackled sexual harassment, sexism, equal pay for equal work, LGBT rights, the #MeToo movement and the need to have more women in congress in front of students and community members in a packed auditorium that seats over 900 people.

Rohrabacher was invited but not in attendance.

“Every issue is a woman’s issue,” LGBT Center Orange County director of policy, advocacy and youth programs Laura Kanter said. “When we talk about policy change we need to get to know how to address the fundamental issues of sexism and the power relations that operate on all levels of society, both personal and political.”

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