Promoting Gender Equity

From countering hostile politics to pushing proactive reforms, promoting gender equity is critical to achieving our vision of a vibrant democratic society that works for all of us. We must strive for equality by standing up for reproductive freedom; safe, welcoming, and equitable schools; workplaces that are committed to equal pay for equal work and to breaking down other forms of discrimination; a society where #MeToo is a thing of the past; and so much more.

All of us means all of us. Promoting gender equity includes promoting equality and recognition for transgender, gender-expansive, and all LGBTQ+ people. It also includes standing up and speaking out at the intersections of racial justice, disability justice, and justice for other systemically oppressed communities.

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What We’re Fighting For

  • Representation in federal, state, and local elected offices
  • Reproductive freedom including addressing structural barriers to abortion and birth control access, quality maternal care, and parenting supports
  • Equal pay and fair wages including a livable minimum wage for people of color
  • Fair-minded judges who understand how the law affects all Americans
  • Paid family and medical leave provided by the FAMILY Act
  • Survivors’ rights including school and workplace protections against sexual violence and harassment
  • LGBTQ+ rights and other important protections provided by the Equality Act

What We’re Up Against

  • Fair courts: The Right Wing wants to put more anti-gay and anti-choice jurists like Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch on the bench at every level to undermine Obergefell v. Hodges and overturn the Roe v. Wade decision.
  • Public policy: Right-wing groups are fighting gender equity reforms and pushing radical legislation at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Economic equality: The Right’s agenda includes opposing essential economic advances like paid family and medical leave, quality child care that’s affordable, a livable minimum wage, and equal pay for equal work.

Read more on PFAW’s Right Wing Watch

By the Numbers:

18
Percentage of transgender people who are serving in the military or are veterans—more than the percentage in the overall U.S. population.

80
Percentage women are paid compared to men. The gender pay gap is even worse for women of color.

27
New state restrictions on abortion and family planning adopted in 2018.