WASHINGTON (WOMENSENEWS)–Rep. Loretta Sanchez, a Democrat from California, learned about economic abuse in families at a young age.
As a teenager, the congresswoman saw her mother struggle to overcome the obstacles her father erected when the older woman sought to advance her education and develop job skills after raising her children.

"He was very threatened by the fact that he didn’t have an education and she was getting one," said Sanchez, sharing episodes that included her father yelling at her mother when she would leave for night school.