The 2018 Election was Won by Women. It is Time for Washington to Pay Attention

  • First Native American women in Congress: Sharice Davids (KS), a citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation, and Deb Haaland (NM), an enrolled Laguna Pueblo member
  • First Muslim women in Congress: Rashida Tlaib (MI) and Ilhan Omar (MN)
  • First Black congresswomen from Connecticut and Massachusetts: Jahana Hayes (CT) and Ayanna Pressley (MA)
  • First openly LGBTQ representative from Kansas: Sharice Davids
  • First Latina congresswomen from Texas: Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia
  • Youngest woman ever elected: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY)
  1. Disability Justice: All people, including those living with a disability, have the right to live dignified, full, self-directed lives. We must create systems of healthcare, education, housing, and employment that care for ALL people and fully address the needs of those with disabilities.
  2. End to Gender-based Violence: We demand a world where sexual assault, sexual harassment, and domestic violence are increasingly rare — and when they happen, survivors are supported and perpetrators held accountable. Our children deserve comprehensive consent-based sex education, so they can become adults with healthy, shame-free views on sexuality and relationships.
  3. Economic Security for All: We demand a nation where people have what they need to live with dignity. All people, especially women who are most often caretakers for children and the elderly, need their basic needs met. Those include affordable housing, a living wage, paid time off to care for oneself or family, a system of equal pay for equal work, and a social safety net for those who cannot work. We envision a world where all work, especially that traditionally done by women, is respected, and where one’s worth is not defined by their productivity.
  4. Health Care for All: We must create a system where everyone has access to affordable, quality, and culturally competent health care, including mental health services.
  5. Healthy Environments: Today, too many lawmakers are standing aside as corporations make profits off damaging the environment, especially in communities of color and on Tribal lands. We deserve healthy, toxin-free land, clean air, and clean water to nourish our families, communities, and futures. We must implement solutions to protect the environment and our families and to stop the worst impacts of climate change.
  6. Immigrant Justice: People have an inherent right to seek better lives for themselves and their families. We deserve an immigration system that includes fair and just pathways to citizenship for immigrants — three-quarters of whom are women and children — and asylum-seekers, and that keeps families safe, together, and free to maintain their dignity as human beings without incarceration.
  7. Justice in our “Justice System”: From over policing in communities of color to jailing survivors of domestic violence, our justice system is full of inequalities. The result is far too many people in jail away from their loved ones and families, while for-profit prisons make money off pain and isolation. We demand an end to over-sentencing and for-profit prisons. We deserve a system that supports survivors of violence instead of jailing them, and structures that invest in treatment programs instead of jails so our community members can return to their lives, families, and work.
  8. LGBTQ Equity: We deserve and demand a society that celebrates and honors a vast diversity of genders and sexualities, and where all people live free from bullying, violence, and discrimination in workplaces, schools, communities, and in accessing healthcare. This is especially crucial for our LGB and trans/gender non-conforming children, who experience violence, discrimination, and self-harm at disturbingly high rates compared to their non-LGBTQ peers.
  9. Racial Justice: We must work together to dismantle white supremacy and create racial equity in every basic aspect of life, including housing, employment, education, health care, the justice system, and representation in appointed and elected bodies.
  10. Reproductive Freedom: All people deserve access to non-judgmental, complete care to create and raise their families as they choose, regardless of their income or zip code. Reproductive decisions — including abortion — should be accessible, affordable, and affirming. Let’s make it a reality.
  11. Safe Communities: We demand safe communities, where no one has to live in fear of gun violence. This is especially important to women and our allies — a majority of mass shooters in the U.S. kill their intimate partner or a family member and nearly all have a history of violence against women.
  12. Voting Rights: Voting is powerful and it is a right. We reject all efforts to suppress voting rights or make voting more difficult — especially the rights of people of color, Native people, women, young people, poor people, and the incarcerated or formerly incarcerated. But stopping threats to voting isn’t enough — we support expanded access to voting through automatic registration, early voting, and other pro-voting policies.

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