Equality for All
Women and LGBTQI+ individuals deserve dignity and equality under the law.
The fact that women, particularly women of color and LGBTQI+ individuals, continue to face pervasive discrimination in all aspects of life permeates our society and makes our hard-earned rights vulnerable. Discrimination robs individuals of their ability to care for themselves and their families.
- Equality Act (H.R. 5)
In many states, there are not clear or explicit protections against sex discrimination in housing, credit, education, employment, and more when that discrimination is tied to sexual orientation or gender identity. The Equality Act updates the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other statutes to explicitly provide that existing protections against sex discrimination include protections on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, public education, access to credit, jury service, federal funding, housing, and public accommodations. The Act also closes longstanding gaps in civil rights law by adding new protections from discrimination on the basis of sex. The Equality Act passed the House of Representatives February 25, 2021.
- Equal Rights Amendment (H.J.Res.17 and H.J.Res.28)
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a constitutional amendment declaring that women shall have equal rights in the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction. The ERA would outlaw discrimination on the basis of sex and bolster the entire gender equity agenda. With 38 states having ratified the amendment, the ERA must be added to the Constitution. H.J.Res. 17, which would remove the arbitrary time limit for ERA ratification, passed the House of Representatives March 17, 2021.
- Dignity of Incarcerated Women
Women are the fastest growing population within the United States’ prison system. Most prisons deny women adequate access to sanitary items and some prisons still shackle pregnant inmates while giving birth, putting both mother and baby at risk. Creating livable conditions and establishing holistic re-entry programs for women is vital to reducing recidivism and the number of women entering the criminal justice system each year.
- Protection of Voting Rights
Voting rights are essential to who we are as Americans, to the cause of equality, and a measure of the health of our democracy. Yet across this country, the right to vote is under attack. In particular, women of color have been targeted by voter disenfranchisement in the form of voter suppression, targeted voter intimidation, and attempts to rollback protections in the Voting Rights Act. Having passed the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, we must keep working to advance justice so that all Americans can freely exercise their right to vote – a fundamental cornerstone of our American Democracy.
- Woman on the Twenty Act (H.R. 503)
The Biden administration has revived a plan to put Harriet Tubman on the US $20 bill after the previous administration delayed the move, recognizing this historic figure and finally including a woman on United States currency. The Woman on the Twenty Act will ensure that Harriet Tubman is featured on the $20 bill after 2024.