COLUMBUS— Today, State Rep. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus), a member of the Ohio Democratic Women’s Legislative Caucus (ODWLC), participated in the virtual Women’s Lobby Day. The virtual event gathered participants from across the state to discuss policy solutions to challenges Ohio women and families face.
This year’s theme was Women Still Rising. The annual event featured guest speakers, policy briefings from women legislators and video messages from elected officials. The group focused its efforts on equal pay, paid family leave, access to comprehensive healthcare and affordable childcare, infant mortality and commonsense gun safety.
Lawmakers addressed participants about legislation they have introduced that would build better lives and brighter futures for women and working families in Ohio. Rep. Crawley highlighted House Bill (HB) 142, her legislation to provide Medicaid reimbursement for doulas in Ohio.
“Today, I facilitated a panel for Women’s Lobby Day which discussed improving women’s health and well-being with panelists from various community organizations. In order to move Ohio forward towards becoming a healthier state, we have to continually engage in conversations surrounding issues such as racism as a public health crisis, maternal health, and the intersection of gun violence and violence against women,” said Rep. Crawley. “HB 142 would provide Medicaid reimbursement for doulas, which would be cost-effective and would decrease preventable deaths and complications in birthing outcomes. I look forward to continuing to work alongside community stakeholders to develop policy for healthy women and families.”
The event follows a year in which the pandemic has amplified existing gender inequalities, causing COVID-19 to have a disproportionate impact on women. Between February 2020 and January 2021, 2.5 million women left the workforce. Female dominated industries like hospitality have struggled during the pandemic, forcing many women out of work, and others have quit due to a lack of child care options or workplace flexibility.
The mission of the Ohio Democratic Women’s Legislative Caucus (ODWLC) is to develop and pass policies and legislation that improve the lives of Ohio women and their families; to identify