BPW/Michigan - LEGISLATIVE PLATFORM

Preamble

The Equal Rights Amendment, as authored by Alice Paul, is the priority above all other issues that may appear on this platform until equal legal rights for women and men becomes guaranteed in the United States Constitution:

The Equal Rights Amendment:
“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”



Platform

Economic Equity
  • Ensure equal rights and remedies for women in all phases of their lives.
  • Ensure pay equity and equal educational and economic opportunities at all stages of life.
  • Support affirmative action, especially related to women-owned businesses.
  • Educate on and promote financial literacy.
  • Eliminate all forms of harassment and violence against women.
  • Promote affordable, quality dependent care.
Health
  • Ensure reproductive choice and full access to all reproductive health services and education.
  • Ensure awareness of human trafficking issues in both sexual and labor exploitation and support efforts to eradicate human trafficking.
  • Ensure funds for research into and protections for women's health care needs; and children.
Civil Rights
  • Eliminate all forms of harassment and violence against women.
  • Ensure social and work environments that protect the health of women and families.
  • Create awareness of challenges faced by, and promote equality for, gender and sexual minorities.
Environment
  • Support initiatives to protect the environment, especially issues concerning our fresh water.
  • Support initiatives to protect all flora and fauna.
  • Encourage the development of a health care policy that recognizes the special health care needs of women and