The research is overwhelmingly clear: high-quality child care and early learning programs provide a huge return on investment. By helping parents work and children learn, they're good for children, good for families, and good for the economy. Urge your Members of Congress to put more investments in child care and early learning programs.
No federal law explicitly requires fair and equal treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals in critical arenas including employment, housing, and education. In fact, there are still big gaps in federal laws protecting women from sex discrimination. As a result, individuals' lives across the country can still be thrown into turmoil without legal recourse. The Equality Act will codify basic rights for LGBT individuals for the first time in our country's history and strengthen legal protections for all women. Tell your Members of Congress to support the Equality Act.
For millions of women, unpredictable, unstable work schedules over which workers have little control make it hard to pick up kids on time from child care, to work enough hours to make ends meet, or to attend classes that could lead to a better job. Urge your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Schedules That Work Act so women can work for a better future for themselves and their families.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would help end wage discrimination by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act. It would make it harder for all employers to pay women less for the same work, ban retaliation against employees who talk about their pay, and require that employers who break the law fairly compensate the women they've discriminated against. Tell Congress to co-sponsor the Paycheck Fairness Act and support equal pay for all women.
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act is commonsense legislation that would make it unmistakable: employers must make reasonable accommodations when workers have a medical need for them because of pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions — just as the law already clearly requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for medical needs arising out of disabilities. Urge your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.
The Raise the Wage Act would increase the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour and give nearly 20 million working women, including more than 8.6 million women of color, a raise. Urge your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Raise the Wage Act.
In the last few years, politicians across the country have passed a record numbers of bills that are shutting down abortion clinics and targeting abortion providers, making it more difficult and expensive for women to get an abortion. Tell Congress to support the federal Women's Health Protection Act and ensure that every woman — no matter where she lives — is able to access abortion when she needs it.