WOMEN’S MARCH FOUNDATION

AGENDA

On January 21, 2017, 5 million women and allies across the nation and the world took to the streets in women’s marches to protest what was perceived by many to be a sudden shift away from progress on issues facing our country and the values we hold dear. From women’s rights to health care to climate change to income equality and virtually every other significant issue we face, the women of America delivered their message loud and clear: we will not go back.

 

The Women’s March Foundation has developed a Women’s March Agenda highlighting our bedrock beliefs regarding the issues of importance to our nation and community. From this day forward, we are committed to shining a light on these issues, advocating for policies and legislation aligned with the Women’s March Agenda, assessing where candidates for office stand on our Agenda and educating our supporters regarding the candidates’ positions.

Stand up for women

Women across the country — and across the globe — face a number of challenges on a daily basis. Our number one priority is making sure women’s voices and interests are heard loud and clear.

    1. It is critically important that women have full reproductive rights, including access to birth control and abortions.  
    2. We need to hold rapists and assaulters responsible and create a responsible culture where women don’t have to live in fear for their lives
    3. While the #MeToo movement has sparked incredible change, we need to create systemic change that is intolerant of sexual violence and support survivors.
    4. We need to change the laws surrounding child marriages — no child should be forced into marriage, and in 48 states, children are still allowed to marry.
    5. Sex trafficking needs to end — an estimated 40.3 million people are victims of human trafficking – an overwhelming majority of which are women and girls.
Achieve equal rights for all

Everyone – no matter our race, gender, age or identity – should have equal rights under the law. We’re pushing to make that a reality and to ensure that discrimination by courts, prosecutors, and organizations have no role in our society

    1. We need to pass the Equal Rights Amendment to guarantee women equal treatment by law.
    2. It’s time to ensure the LGBTQ community are guaranteed their basic equal rights, protected from discrimination, and embraced as full members of our communities.
    3. Unfortunately, racial discrimination is still rampant. We need to eliminate racial hatred and eradicate institutionalized discrimination.  
    4. People with disabilities need the ability to enjoy lives where they are fully integrated into society and function independently.
Support working families

Working families are, and have always been, the backbone of this country. It should be getting easier, not harder, to find a good job. No one working full time should be living in poverty, and no woman wanting to work should be stopped because of the cost of child care

  1. The federal minimum wage has not changed in the past 10 years. We’re saying the day it should change is today.
  2. When you have a new child or a family member is sick, your family should come first. America needs to support its workers and implement a national paid family leave plan.
  3. Every family should have access to affordable, high-quality child care. Worrying about a child should not hold anyone back from working.
  4. We believe all working people should have the power to determine their wages and working conditions. Unions are crucial to this effort and need our support.  
Tackle climate change and protect our environment

Climate change, pollution, and the special interests preventing progress on environmental issues pose some of the largest threats to human beings. These impacts will disproportionately affect people of color and women, so we’re urging our politicians to take action and fight this global threat.

  1. Our reliance on coal has gone on for long enough. Renewable energy isn’t just the only way forward for our planet, it’s the future for our economy.
  2. It’s not too late to reduce our carbon footprint, but if we don’t, we may be devastating our planet beyond repair.
  3. We need to ensure that every American has access to clean air and water.  
Ensure access to quality, affordable health care

Affordable health care should be a right–not a privilege–for every American. We’re pushing for reforms because no woman should have to worry about whether her access to birth control will be taken away, or if she should pay her medical bills instead of her rent.

  1. It’s time to put America on the path to Medicare for All — we need to make sure every American has access to affordable health insurance.
  2. We’re fighting to protect a woman’s right to choose, so that no matter where you live or your income, you’re given the same access to reproductive healthcare.
  3. We believe prescription drugs should be affordable, and pharmaceutical companies shouldn’t be able to charge exorbitant amounts for life-saving treatments.
Protect our communities from gun violence

Enough is enough. No woman should live in fear that her abusive boyfriend might buy a gun, and no mother should live in fear that her child was shot at school We have lost too many lives to gun violence, and we’re demanding action now.

  1. We agree with the over 95 percent of people saying that we need universal background checks before gun purchases.
  2. The “boyfriend loophole” currently allows dating partners convicted of domestic abuse to purchase guns–we say that needs to end today.
  3. Military-style assault rifles and high-capacity magazines have no place in our everyday communities and on our streets.  
Provide high-quality education for all

Every child–regardless of their background–should have access to high-quality education. America is falling behind other countries, and we’re saying it’s time to fix that. We need to close the opportunity gap and make sure college is affordable for everyone.

  1. We want to rebuild our schools, modernize our classrooms, and support our teachers to give every child an opportunity to succeed.
  2. We support student loan reforms because no one should be crippled with debt, just because they wanted an education.
Preserve and strengthen our democracy

Our democracy only works when everyone has a voice–an equal voice. Our leaders should represent us, not the special interests corrupting our democracy, and should be truly representative of our diverse country.

  1. Gerrymandering has distortedd our politics for long enough–our representation should not be wildly different from the voting population.
  2. It’s time to get Big Money out of politics, overturn Citizens United, and reform our campaign finance system.
Reform the justice system to work for everyone

Even though the US is less than 5 percent of the world’s population, we have almost 25 percent of the global prison population. We’re saying the time to reform our system is now.

  1. Excessive force by police has disproportionately impacted people of color. We envision a society where law enforcement employs restraint and treats all communities with dignity.
  2. Minorities have been disproportionately incarcerated, often for nonviolent offenses–the time to end racial profiling by law enforcement officials is now.
  3. We can end the era of mass incarceration by reforming the system of mandatory minimums and prioritizing rehabilitation for nonviolent drug offenders.