As of late May 2021, fourteen states have enacted 22 new laws making it harder to vote. Most of the new laws make it harder to vote absentee and by mail, after a record number of Americans voted by mail in November. Overall, since the November 2020 election, the Brennan Center has identified at least 389 bills introduced in 48 states that include provisions that would restrict voting access. We must pass the For the People Act to protect and expand voting rights.
“I have wanted to run for Congress since I was fifteen years old,” Allie Curtis says. “I would talk about this in high school and people would look at me like I had three heads.”
Zunera Ahmed was supposed to be a doctor. At least that’s what she thought when she enrolled in Brooklyn College as a pre-med student, eager to pursue a career helping others. Since age one, when her family emigrated from Pakistan, Zunera had spent her life in Brooklyn—and she knew she wanted to find a way to give back to her community.
The Equality Act is a landmark piece of legislation that would expand federal civil rights laws to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment, housing, credit, jury service, and federally funded programs, such as those for health and education, as well as public places and spaces. (Source: Center for American Progress)
Tell the California legislature to end period poverty statewide. Pass The Menstrual Equity for All Act (AB367), which would require all schools and government agencies to stock at least half their bathrooms with free menstrual products.
Jocelyn Yow was not always a political person. In fact, throughout much of her childhood in the Bay Area and Malaysia, politics didn’t interest her at all. She has a theory: as a young child, Jocelyn didn’t see women or people of color in office, so she assumed that political leadership wasn’t for people like her.
Mana Shooshtari, at 20 years old, already knows the title of her autobiography: “Crowns and Congress”. “Before I even thought politics was an option, I wanted to be a music teacher or Broadway star. I had absolutely no intention of entering the political realm.”
When Christina Haswood swore into the Kansas Legislature as the youngest member and the second Native American to serve in its history, she proudly wore the traditional clothing and jewelry of the Diné. “I wanted to honor my ancestors and my family for all the sacrifices they made for me to be here.”
When Tiffaney was an undergrad at California State University San Marcos, she wasn’t thinking about political leadership. Instead, she was focused on obtaining a bachelor's degree in Social Science and Communications. That changed when the CSUSM Women's Center ran a campus campaign to inspire women to run for office.
This summary of the Paycheck Fairness Act was authored by the National Partnership for Women & Families. Read the original post. The landmark Equal Pay Act of 1963 made it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women who perform substantially equal work. The Equal Pay Act and the civil rights laws that followed helped change the workplace and began to combat wage inequality, but these laws have not closed the persistent gap between women’s and men’s wages.