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Seize the Moment: State Policy Elements

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Across the country, women, girls, and all people who face gender-based discrimination are standing up and speaking out, whether raising their voices in the Me Too movement, calling their elected officials, running for office, or taking to the streets. What they want is to knock down barriers to success and put in place policies that help them achieve their potential throughout their lives – at school, at work, at home, and in their communities.

State legislators can seize this moment by advancing broad-based progressive agendas that would remedy discrimination, ensure accountability, and provide key supports for women and girls.

State Policy Element

Ensure Healthy Pregnancies and Job Security: Treat Pregnant Workers Fairly

Forty years after the passage of the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), pregnant women still face challenges on the job.

State Policy Element

#MeTooWhatNext: Strengthen Protections Against Workplace Sexual Harassment

As the Me Too movement has made clear, sexual harassment is widespread, affecting working women in every state, in nearly every kind of workplace setting and industry, and at every level of employment.

State Policy Elements

Protect And Ensure Access To Abortion

Every woman, no matter where she lives, should have access to abortion when she needs it.

State Policy Element

Remove Barriers And Expand Women’s Access To Birth Control

Despite enormous advancements in birth control access, women still struggle to get and afford birth control.

State Policy Elements

Combat Discrimination: Strengthen Equal Pay Laws

Fifty-five years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act, women are still paid less than men.

State Policy Element

Help Parents Earn While Children Learn: Invest in Child Care and Early Learning

Child care and early learning opportunities help children get the strong start they need to succeed and enable parents to work so they can support their families and/or go to school to attain the skills they

State Policy Element

Help Working Families Make Ends Meet: Establish or Improve State Tax Credits for Low-Income Families

Tax credits can help keep millions of families out of poverty and alleviate regressive state tax codes.
For help crafting legislation, talking points, fact sheets, and for state-specific policy research and data, please contact us at playbook@nwlc.org.
Published On: July 27, 2018