Young women are students, workers, and parents. As young women, they face unique barriers—from school pushout to inability to access healthcare to unfair wages— that make it harder for them to succeed. Unfair and discriminatory policies can keep young women and girls from making the best decisions for themselves about their education, health, jobs, families, and futures. That’s why for many young people, it can feel like the system is rigged against them. According to a March 2018 NBC News/ GenForward survey, a majority of young adults aged 18 to 34 says that the country is currently on the wrong track (70% of Black, 62% of Asian, 62% of Latinx, and 62% of white people polled).
Young people know it doesn’t have to be this way. They are looking for policymakers to stand up for them and enact policies that will help them succeed and create a more just and fair future.