Meeting women’s daily needs through services is vital, and will in itself provide space for women to fulfill their own potential. However, providing services takes place within the constraints imposed by local, national and international rules and regulations, and in the context of social norms and values which ascribe women particular roles. Through advocacy, we can challenge these, and address the root causes of the disadvantages women face.
Despite the injustices we face, women around the world are standing up to claim their rights and to fight inequality. Alongside these brave steps, we should join with others to push for change locally and statewide since we are positioned in the Capital City. In this way, we help transform the big picture for women, as well as improve their daily lives.
Public Policy Agenda
Ending Violence Against Women
- Economic insecurity has devastating consequences in the lives of survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Abuse can impose significant expenses on survivors, including physical and mental health care costs, lost wages, safety planning, and relocation costs. Furthermore, economic abuse can result in life-long consequences due to job loss, debt, damaged credit, or coercion into crime. When combined with today’s high cost of living, shortage of good jobs, and diminished safety net, these impacts of abuse severely limit survivors’ options and ability to achieve safety and justice.
- We advocate for a wide range of economic justice issues affecting women, from the glass ceiling to poverty. These include welfare reform, livable wages, job discrimination, pay equity, housing, social security, and pension reform, and much more.
- Women’s health has been a low priority for a long time and is an important part of the conversation when we discuss a family’s economic stability.
- Tampon tax
- Infant & Maternal Mortality
- Maternal Incarceration
- Health care is a human right. We advocate for all individuals to have access to health care.
- We are committed to fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in all areas, including employment, housing, public accommodations, health services, child custody, and military policies.
- We are committed to educational efforts that combat the adverse effects of homophobia, promote positive images in the media and ultimately ensure civil rights protection for all.
- We assert the right of LGBTQIA individuals to live their lives with dignity and security, and marriage equality for all.
- Equality in pay, job opportunities, political structure, social security, and education will remain an elusive dream without a guarantee of equality in the U.S. Constitution. The progress we have made — and must continue to make — towards women’s equality can be lost at any time because those advances depend on legislation that can be (and has been) weakened or repealed by Congress.
- The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), guaranteeing equal pay for all employees, has not been added to the constitution despite having been ratified in 38 states. We are dedicated to the fight in gender equity to make the ERA a constitutional amendment.
State Level Updates
Send A Letter
The best way to get what you want is to be an active advocate. This can be done by voting, calling Congress, and writing to your representatives (and much more, these are just a few). Below are PDFs that you can fill out and send to our Senator and Representative regarding issues important to what we here at the Women’s Center believe.
The letter above is to promote women participants in labor job training and workforce development.
The letter above is to support the exemption of feminine hygiene products from the sales tax.
Register to Vote!
Registering to vote is fast and easy in Michigan, and it helps you participate in the decisions that shape the world. Your voice matters. You have the right to express it and vote for candidates you want in office. Topics like the ones we’ve highlighted in throughout our public policy agenda—ending violence against women, womxn’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights—are all imperative to society’s functioning. Make a difference.
How to Reigister (Step by Step Guide):
- Verify you are eligible (by clicking this link: here)
- Fill out an application (online or in person!)
- Submit your application (with just a click or a quick drop-off at your local clerk’s station)
- City/Township clerk processes application
- You are registered!
Registration Deadlines for 2020 Election!
- Online: Oct. 19
- By mail: Postmarked by Oct. 19
- In person: Nov. 3
NOTE: The computer labs in office are still open during COVID-19. Safety precautions and social distancing are mandated, as well as the state-wide mask mandate. The Women’s Center follows all protocols set in place by local governments.