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BPW Florida Public Policy Platform 2013-14


 ITEM 1: PASS THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT

Because the fundamental law of the land is embodied in the Constitution of the United States, and all statutory rights are derived there from, the Equal Rights Amendment, as authored by Alice Paul, shall stand first, foremost and above all other items which may appear on the Legislative Platform of this Federation until equal rights for women and men become guaranteed in the United States Constitution.

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

ITEM 2: Economic Equity, Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency

BPW/FL supports legislation which assists women in obtaining pay equity and equal employment opportunities; promotes opportunities for women-owned businesses; encourages women-owned businesses to compete at the local, state and federal governmental levels; promotes affordable, quality dependent care to help ensure economic self-sufficiency for women; and, social security reform options that benefit women.

ITEM 3: Higher Education 

BPW/FL supports legislation that accelerates the progress made in providing higher education and continuing education for Florida’s women and that enables females to successfully pursue non-traditional curricula, including STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) subjects, and non-traditional careers.

ITEM 4: Health Care

BPW/FL supports legislation that ensures reproductive choice and full access to all reproductive health education and services including prescriptions. We support legislative funding and initiatives for women’s health care needs, with special emphasis on heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, and breast cancer early detection, treatment, and recovery.



2013-2014 Legislative Platform Talking Points


ERA

The traditional assumption that males hold rights and females must prove they hold them, shall forever be laid to rest. It is particularly unsettling that the United States of America holds up our democracy for the world to model, yet has not made an effort to assure equal rights for the women in our own society. By working in coalition with other like-minded organizations, BPW/FL will continue to support the passage of the ERA.


Economic Equity, Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency

For over four decades, since the passage of the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, women continue to earn a lower wage than men for equal labor. Women in Florida rank 6th from the top nationally, still earning only 77¢ to a man’s dollar. In a National Partnership for Women and Families 2010 nationwide poll of registered voters, 84% supported "a new law that would provide women more tools to get fair pay in the workplace." When poll respondents were told that the "law will also make it harder for employers to justify paying different wages for the same work and ensure that businesses that break the law compensate women fairly," 72% strongly supported such a law. This support was consistent across lines of gender, race, geographic regions, and political parties. Surveyed women believe legislation should protect those who suspect wage discrimination from employer retaliation for discussing salary information with coworkers. BPW/FL continues efforts to secure both national and state equal pay legislation.

Additional information and resources regarding the current legislative platform of BPW/FL can be found at www.bpwfl.org


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