GIVING VOICE TO WOMEN AND GIRLS
APPLYING A GENDER LENS TO POLICY
To advocate simply means to give voice. The Women’s Fund advocates for women and girls through our priority areas of economic empowerment and leadership for women and girls. We raise awareness of priority issues in the central Ohio community and strengthen our advocacy efforts by hosting events that mobilize the collective power of women and men to focus on social change.
We aim to strategically affect public policy issues, including:
- Child Care & The Benefits Cliff
- Research shows that child care costs are the single largest expense for women and families in central Ohio. Accessibility and affordability of child care is the best opportunity to influence the cliff effect – when a minimal increase in hourly wages results in the complete termination of a benefit and a dramatic net loss of resources.
- Paid Leave
- Current policies do not adequately support women striving to meet the obligations of work and family. Extending access to paid family leave strengthens women and families, reduces gender and economic disparities, and has a positive impact on local economies.
- Pay Equity
- We have increased community awareness around the wage gap and are committed to continue the conversation with a focus on pay equity or comparing work of equal value and looking at the impact of gender norms. Closing the wage gap between women and men and establishing pay equity is critical to ensuring women maximize their economic potential.
- Access to Contraception & Medically-Accurate Sex Education
- Enabling women to control when to have children allows them to shape their financial, educational, and professional futures. Access to contraception and comprehensive, medically-accurate sex education have been significant factors in the reduction in teen pregnancy and unintended pregnancies over the last decade.
- Leadership for Women and Girls
- We are committed to amplifying the voices of women and girls through the power of philanthropy, increasing the number of women running for elected office, equipping them with advocacy training, and supporting girls’ leadership. When more women are in positions of leadership, including elected office, we see an advancement in gender equality through policies that positively impact women.
STAY INFORMED AND TAKE A STAND ON LEGISLATURE
Learn how to stay in the loop, contact your legislator, and submit testimony on legislation so you can move off the sidelines and onto the front lines of social change. Download the script.
LEARN HOW A BILL BECOMES LAW IN OHIO
It all starts with an idea. This easy-to-follow infographic illustrates how a bill in Ohio makes its way through the Senate and the House of Representatives. Download the infographic.
STATE GOVERNMENT 101
Lame duck? Gerrymandering? Learn the basics of government vocab and join the movement in your community. Download the list.
132nd GENERAL ASSEMBLY: RELEVANT LEGISLATION
One of the ways to drive social change in our society is through shifts in public policy. We hope to see more legislation that will empower women and girls in our community.
In alignment with our priorities, The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio is monitoring the following pieces of legislation:
- SENATE BILL 174 (Tavares) – FAIR ACT | Assigned to Senate Transportation, Commerce, & Labor Committee
- SENATE BILL 261 (Tavares) – Ohio Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program | Assigned to Senate Insurance & Financial Institutions Committee
- HOUSE BILL 138 (Boyd & Smith) – Equal Pay Hotline | Assigned to the House Economic Development, Commerce & Labor Committee
- HOUSE BILL 180 (Clyde & Howse) – Ohio Equal Pay Act | Assigned to House Government Accountability & Oversight Committee
- HOUSE BILL 248 (Antonio & Lepore-Hagan) – Ohio Prevention First Act | Assigned to House Health Committee
- HOUSE BILL 550 (Boggs & Boyd) – Ohio Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program | Assigned to House Community & Family Advancement Committee
- HOUSE BILL 302 (Antonio & Boggs) – Health Care Consent for Pregnant Minors | Assigned to House Health Committee
- HOUSE BILL 403 (Howse & Kelly) – Gender Pay Disparity Task Force | Assigned to House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee