One in four women enrolled at the University of Minnesota will be sexually assaulted during their college career, a recent study showed. With a President that openly bragged about committing sexual violence, our city needs to take an even bolder stand against sexual assault. Women face threats to reproductive rights, attacks on Planned Parenthood, and cuts to social services that disproportionately impact us. The Twin Cities are the second-worst nationwide when it comes to equal pay for tech jobs, with a pay gap of 52%.
A new women’s movement has developed in recent months with the biggest day of protest in US history on January 21st with the Women’s March and thousands protesting to defend their rights on March 8th, International Women’s Day. We can build upon this by fighting for real changes that can dramatically improve women’s lives.
- 12 weeks of paid family leave for all Minneapolis workers. Many families and working mothers do not have access to paid maternity leave in our city and studies show that it is children who pay the price.
- Fight to close the gender pay gap! Build the movement and organize alongside labor unions to win equal pay for women and an end to workplace harassment.
- Fight sexism! Build a movement against sexual harassment and violence against women.
- Expand the city’s programs against domestic violence. Help prevent violence and fund services for survivors. Expand housing alternatives and shelters for women leaving abusive relationships.
- Affordable, high-quality childcare for all families.