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Today, Equal Rights Advocates joined 128 national organizations and individuals in denouncing Secretary DeVos' interim Title IX Guidance, issued on Friday, September 22.

Read the full open letter.

"We the People, who have spent years actually working to prevent and address sexual assault in schools, are deeply troubled that Secretary Betsy DeVos is putting the safety and lives of students at risk. On Friday, she continued her reckless campaign to destroy the laws and processes in place to protect students from sexual assault and allow all students an equal access to education. Her latest move – condemning and rescinding existing guidance documents on campus sexual assault, and replacing them with a poorly developed interim set of “Questions and Answers” –
breeds chaos and uncertainty."

We stand in solidarity with all our co-signers and remain ready to enforce students' civil rights if the Department of Education will not.

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As the California legislature adjourns for the 2017 cycle, we are proud to report that nine (yes, nine!) priority bills of the Stronger California Advocates Network have passed both houses of the legislature, and now await signature by the governor.

Taken together, these bills represent a comprehensive approach to ensuring the economic security of women and families across the state. These policies ensure fair pay and job opportunities, expand access to quality and affordable child care, support family-friendly workplaces, and address poverty.

Learn more about our 2017 priority bills awaiting signature – and send an email to Governor Brown showing your support for each policy.

Ensure Fair Pay and Job Opportunities

  • Pay Data Transparency Bill (AB 1209)
    We can’t fix what we can’t see. This bill would require large employers to publicly report their pay data by gender, because evidence has shown that greater pay data transparency is essential to identifying and closing gender pay gaps. Send an email in support of AB 1209 to the governor. 

  • The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (AB 569)
    No woman should lose her job because of her private health choices. AB 569 combats the growing invasion of women’s privacy by making it illegal for employers to fire women for her reproductive health choices, such as conceiving a child through fertility treatments, becoming pregnant without being married, or for simply using birth control. Send an email in support of AB 569 to the governor. 

  • Salary Information (AB 168)
    Past salary history shouldn’t prevent a woman from being paid her value today. This bill prohibits an employer from asking a job applicant about his or her salary history, and would require an employer to provide the pay scale for a position to an applicant. Basing current pay on prior salary can perpetuate past wage discrimination, and legislation like AB 168 is an important step to closing the gender wage gap. Send an email in support of AB 168 to the governor.

Expand Access to Affordable, Quality Early Childhood Care and Education

  • Unlocking Opportunities for Families Bill (AB 273)
    Having an education is part of the American dream and every parent should be able to increase their educational level while also supporting their child’s development. AB 273 would allow parents enrolled in English as a Second Language or High School Equivalency Certificate courses to qualify for childcare assistance. Send an email in support of AB 273 to the governor.

Support Family-Friendly Workplaces

  • New Parent Leave Act (SB 63)
    The first 12 weeks bonding between a new parent and their new baby are critical for a baby’s healthy development. Currently, only businesses with 50 or more employees are required to provide parental leave. SB 63 provides the right to job-protected parental leave to more workers in California by requiring employers with 20 or more employees to provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected bonding leave. Send an email in support of SB 63 to the governor.  

Build Economic Security by Addressing Poverty

  • Protections for Domestic Violence Survivors on CalWORKS (AB 55)
    No woman or family should be placed in danger while accessing government services. AB 55 would waive CalWORKS requirements when they place the family at risk of harm or make it more difficult for the family to escape abuse. Send an email in support of AB 55 to the governor. 

  • Access to Menstrual Hygiene Products in Shelters, Schools & Universities (AB 10)
    Not having access to menstrual hygiene products shouldn’t keep young women at home from school but right now that’s exactly what’s happening. AB 10 requires that school bathrooms offer an adequate supply of free menstrual hygiene supplies. Send an email in support of AB 10 to the governor.  

  • The California Values Act (SB 54)
    All families make our state great. The California Values Act will ensure that California does not use state and local resources to fuel mass deportations and separate families. Send an email in support of SB 54 to the governor. 

  • CalWORKS: Welfare-to-Work: Necessary Supportive Services (AB 480)
    AB 480 provides financial assistance to CalWORKS recipients to purchase diapers for children under 3 years old.

Learn more about the Stronger California agenda for women’s economic security at strongercalifornia.org.

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Take Action Today & Demand the EEOC Defends Equal Pay Data Collection

Tomorrow, the Senate will consider the nominations of Janet Dhillon for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chair and Daniel Gade for EEOC commissioner.

The Senate must carefully review these nominations. The EEOC is a government agency of critical importance, tasked with upholding and enforcing civil rights laws in workplaces across the country.

That includes ensuring equal pay.

Just weeks ago, the Trump Administration put a halt to the EEOC's collection of pay data by gender and race on the annual employer EEO-1 form. Senators must ask Dhillon and Gade during these hearings about their commitment to equal pay and pay transparency.

A failure to make such a commitment should be disqualifying.

Tell your Senator to oppose Dhillon & Gade if they will not commit to pay transparency.

 

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Yesterday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced her decision to rewrite the Office for Civil Rights’ 2011 Dear Colleague Letter, which outlines colleges' responsibility to address and remedy campus sexual assault under the federal law Title IX. This is just the latest in a series of actions by the Trump Administration to roll-back important civil rights protections. ERA Executive Director Noreen Farrell denounced the move, saying:

“The Secretary of Education’s announcement today is an affront to campus sexual assault victims, who have benefited tremendously from the clarity provided by the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter. The cost of an education must not be sexual violence or harassment. Campus sexual assault is a national epidemic, disrupting the education of one in four young women during her college years. Its harm is often compounded by racism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination. And yet, Secretary DeVos is threatening recent progress made to hold institutions accountable. She has made it clear that supporting students is not her priority.

“But make no mistake: Title IX is still the law of the land. Colleges are still legally required to ensure that sexual violence does not interfere with equal educational opportunities. Secretary DeVos cannot change that obligation.

“We urge the Department of Education to believe survivors and to take its responsibility to students seriously. It is imperative that the Office for Civil Rights live up to its name. Sexual harassment and violence is a civil rights violation and should be treated as such.

“Let us be clear: Equal Rights Advocates will fight alongside sister organizations, parents, survivors, and concerned community members over the coming weeks and months. We will ensure that Secretary DeVos and her staff understand our unwavering commitment to university processes that guarantee fair, equitable, and appropriate civil rights remedies. We stand ready to enforce Title IX, even if the Office for Civil Rights will not.”

Read coverage of the announcement, including reaction from ERA in Elle Magazine and Paper Magazine

While we continue to hold the Department of Education and universities' feet to the fire, we will also be pushing for strong state legislation. In California, ERA is a proud sponsor of Senate Bill 169 (Jackson), which would require state-funded schools to adhere to guidances similar to those outlined in the Dear Colleague Letter. The bill has passed the Senate and will be voted on in the Assembly next week - write to your Assemblymember today and urge them to vote "yes." 

Learn more about Title IX and your rights on campus here.

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Today, Equal Rights Advocates joined 128 national organizations and individuals in denouncing Secretary DeVos' interim Title IX Guidance, issued on Friday, September 22.

Read the full open letter.

"We the People, who have spent years actually working to prevent and address sexual assault in schools, are deeply troubled that Secretary Betsy DeVos is putting the safety and lives of students at risk. On Friday, she continued her reckless campaign to destroy the laws and processes in place to protect students from sexual assault and allow all students an equal access to education. Her latest move – condemning and rescinding existing guidance documents on campus sexual assault, and replacing them with a poorly developed interim set of “Questions and Answers” –
breeds chaos and uncertainty."

We stand in solidarity with all our co-signers and remain ready to enforce students' civil rights if the Department of Education will not.

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Secretary DeVos is Endangering Lives: A Response to the Interim Title IX Guidance

September 25, 2017 | by

Today, Equal Rights Advocates joined 128 national organizations and individuals in denouncing Secretary DeVos’ interim Title IX Guidance, issued on Friday, September 22. Read the full open letter.... read more

Raise Your Voice to Push Stronger California Legislation Over the Finish Line

September 21, 2017 | by

As the California legislature adjourns for the 2017 cycle, we are proud to report that nine (yes, nine!) priority bills of the Stronger California Advocates Network have passed both houses of the...
read more

Action Alert: We Won’t Back Down on Pay Transparency

September 18, 2017 | by

Take Action Today & Demand the EEOC Defends Equal Pay Data Collection Tomorrow, the Senate will consider the nominations of Janet Dhillon for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chair and... read more

Secretary DeVos Attacks Progress Made to End Campus Sexual Assault

September 8, 2017 | by

Yesterday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced her decision to rewrite the Office for Civil Rights’ 2011 Dear Colleague Letter, which outlines colleges’ responsibility to address and...
read more