Howse: Fifth Annual Women's Lobby Day Empowers Women To Engage Decision Makers
Discussion and advocacy focuses on economic opportunity and fairness for women
 
 

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and the Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus (OHDWC)  today convened with women from across the state to discuss and lobby for policy solutions to challenges Ohio women face. In its fifth year of existence, the event featured guest speakers, a lobbying seminar and policy briefings from women legislators. The group focused its efforts on equal pay, workplace discrimination, infant mortality and domestic violence.


“Every day in the legislature, important decisions are being made that affect women’s access to healthcare and economic opportunity,” said OHDWC Chair Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo). “By bringing together women from across the state we can engage in thoughtful dialogue on how to overcome the challenges women and working families face in Ohio, and we can empower Ohio’s women to engage with influencers and decision makers.”


Several women lawmakers took the opportunity to address participants about legislation that would positively affect women and working families in Ohio. Rep. Howse will soon introduce the Equal Pay Act, which will require vendors and state contractors to obtain an equal pay certificate confirming that they provide female employees with equal wages and equal opportunities for career advancement. The legislation will also ban orders that keep employees from discussing their salaries with one another.


“Women constantly have to fight against unfair barriers that limit their professional success,” said Howse. “The Equal Pay Act is a meaningful step toward protecting women from the structural discrimination that has plagued their workforce participation for far too long.”


The Women’s Lobby Day coincides with the release of a new report that shows Ohio continues to lag behind much of the nation in terms of gender equality. The Status of Women in the States report, released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, ranked Ohio 27th in reproductive rights, 30th in poverty and opportunity measures, and 39th in health and well-being*. Ohio didn’t receive a grade higher than C in any category defined by the report.


The mission of the Ohio House Democratic Women's Caucus is to develop and pass policies and legislation that improve the lives of Ohio women and their families; to identify and support emerging women leaders by serving as mentors; to educate and empower women and increase women's involvement in public life and in the Ohio General Assembly.


* http://statusofwomendata.org/explore-the-data/state-data/ohio/

 
 
 
  
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