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Rebuilding Stronger: State Playbook for Gender Justice

Women—especially Black, Native American, Latina, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women—are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic as essential workers while also shouldering the brunt of our nation’s inadequate response. Women are taking on the lion’s share of unpaid caregiving, losing jobs at the highest rates, and getting pushed out of the labor force altogether. In order to recover and rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis, we must center the needs of women, especially women of color–at work, at school, at home, and in their communities.

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STATE PLAYBOOK FOR GENDER JUSTICE

State legislators can and must urgently take action to advance broad-based agendas that would remedy discrimination, ensure accountability, and provide key supports for women and girls. This could include:

COVID-19 Recovery

A COVID-19 Recovery That Works for All

A COVID-19 Recovery Agenda with measures to increase families’ access to affordable, high-quality child care and early education, expand access to comprehensive health coverage, expand and strengthen state unemployment insurance programs, guarantee paid family and medical…

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Workplace Gender Justice Agenda

Advance Workplace Gender Justice in Your State

A Workplace Gender Justice Agenda with measures to end discriminatory pay practices, ensure pregnant workers are treated fairly, stop and prevent sexual harassment, raise the minimum wage, promote fair work schedules, and stop employers from firing…

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Young Women and Girls Opportunity Agenda

Promote Opportunity for Young Women and Girls in Your State

A Young Women and Girls Opportunity Agenda with measures to end discriminatory school discipline policies, invest in counselors not criminalization, stop sexual harassment and assault in schools, support pregnant and parenting students, raise the minimum wage…

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Stop Sexual Harassment Agenda

Stop Sexual Harassment in Your State

A Stop Sexual Harassment Agenda with measures to stop and prevent workplace sexual harassment, prevent sexual harassment and assault in schools, end school discipline practices that blame girls for the harassment they experience, and ensure patients…

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Health Care Access and Equity

Ensure That All People Can Access the Health Care They Need

A Health Care Access and Equity Agenda with measures to ensure access to health care, protect the right to and meaningful access to abortion, and remove barriers and expand access to birth control.

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State Policy Briefs

Our state policy elements include strengthening equal pay laws, ensuring fair treatment of pregnant workers, increasing access to birth control and abortion, and strengthening protections against sexual harassment in the workplace.

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The National Women’s Law Center can help you craft a legislative agenda for women and girls that is specifically tailored to your state.

The National Women’s Law Center can:

  • Provide research to identify specific needs or gaps in policies;
  • Assist in crafting legislation;
  • Provide state level data analysis;
  • Help connect you with other advocates, legislators, and experts;
  • Create supporting resources, including:
  • Social media support;
  • Talking points; and
  • Fact sheets.

If you are interested in pursuing a policy agenda to promote policies that will support women and girls in your state, please contact Andrea Johnson, Director of State Policy, Cross-Cutting Initiatives at the National Women’s Law Center by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 202-588-5180.

Pathway To Gender Justice

For nearly five decades, the National Women’s Law Center has been on the forefront of championing policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their fullest potential throughout their lives and in all sectors. In the beginning, we fought to expand possibilities for women, girls, and families through legal battles and policy fights and now we anchor advocacy for women, girls, and families in the era of #MeToo and #TIMESUP. In the face of Trump’s unrelenting attacks, we have honed our formidable legal, policy, and cultural organizing expertise on the local, state, and national levels to serve on the frontlines of gender justice and to protect and advance our communities’ needs in the upcoming 2020 presidential election. Our goal is to drive a national conversation that will ensure positive change in 2021 for women, girls, and families.