A Legislative Advocacy Framework for Women's Economic Equality
In the United States and around the world, women continue to be uniquely undervalued and disadvantaged in their pursuit of economic security. On average, women continue to be paid less, work lower paying jobs, and endure higher levels of sexual harassment and abuse, all while taking on more family care responsibilities. These barriers intersect, add up, and reinforce each other in ways that profoundly undermine women’s ability to achieve equal opportunity in the workplace. The resulting imbalance of power is often exploited, which further undermines women’s pursuit of economic security.
To break this cycle, we need an integrated solution with meaningful protections, accommodations, and services that eliminate existing gender-based penalties. We must reimagine the workplace as a place of equal opportunity for ALL women. To do so, the following 13 cross-cutting protections must be meaningfully reflected in our law and enforced.
Thanks to ongoing advocacy, some states and localities are already passing strong legislation in these areas, and others should follow their lead. By setting forth a comprehensive agenda, the Working Woman’s Bill of Rights provides (1) a holistic framework for legislative advocacy to achieve economic equality for women, and (2) a checklist to assess progress at the local, state, and national levels. See our extended Bill of Rights (forthcoming) for a more detailed agenda that includes best practices, model legislation, and recommendations.
Download the Working Woman's Bill of Rights full version with detail and references and/or the one-page version below.