Despite the passage of critical civil rights legislation, women are still undervalued in our economy.
As a result of long-term and systemic discrimination, women in the United States and around the world continue to be uniquely undervalued and disadvantaged in their pursuit of economic security and opportunity. On average, women continue to be paid less, work lower paying jobs, and endure higher levels of sexual harassment and abuse, all while taking on more family care responsibilities.
But women are not powerless. Women and people of color have achieved significant victories that serve as the foundation for our fight to achieve meaningful gender and racial equality. Recognizing the heightened barriers for women of color, immigrant women, women with disabilities, survivors of gender-based violence, and members of the LGBTQ+ community, Women Valued continues to work towards a vision of basic equality for ALL women.
To achieve this vision, this updated Working Woman’s Bill of Rights, which was originally published in 2018, reimagines our economy as a place of equal opportunity for ALL women, setting forth a holistic roadmap for advocates, legislators, and employers that is grounded in an equality framework. By identifying core goals in 12 cross-cutting areas, the Bill of Rights provides a checklist of necessary practices that should be adopted by employers, reflected in our laws, and meaningfully enforced.