Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is calling for additional tax breaks for businesses that provide on-site child care to help working women in a policy statement unveiled on Friday.
Grimes, trying to capitalize on gender issues in her bid to unseat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, also called for pay equity for women and for an increase in the minimum wage, an issue that directly affects more women than men.
Grimes is the Democratic front-runner heading into next May's primary in Kentucky. McConnell, seeking re-election to a sixth term, also has a Republican opponent, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin.
Grimes rolled out the policy statement just days after Republicans tweeted a photo-shopped image of her face superimposed on a woman wearing a snug-fitting "Obama Girl" T-shirt. Grimes labeled that a sexist attack.