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WOMEN’S AGENDA

We’re putting our collective influence to work in the halls of power.

 
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Read the full Agenda here

Our intersectional feminist policy agenda is the first of its kind. Read the full agenda and join us in taking action in the halls of power.

 
 
 

The Women’s Agenda is a tangible declaration of how we will protect and defend our rights, safety, health and communities. Our Agenda will serve as a work plan to Congress and will create the roadmap we will use to mobilize our constituents into 2020 and beyond. 

 
 
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Add your name to join thousands of women in demanding safe, healthy, and just communities.

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Introduction

Historically, protest movements are difficult to sustain. The raw energy of the people dissipates over time without an ideological frame to continue building power. In this moment of U.S. history, one that will likely be written books as among the darkest, we have lost the judicial and executive branches of government along with the Senate. Social movements are the only bulwark against the rising tide of authoritarianism, misogyny, white nationalism, racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia, ableism, classism, and ageism.

Intersectionality is a way to describe the experiences of identity that cross lines of gender, such as race, class, ability and sexual orientation, and come together to impact one’s experiences of moving through the world. The concept originates in black feminist theory and the word itself was coined by Dr. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw to describe the ways that black women are uniquely impacted by discrimination in the workplace, the criminal justice system, education and more. Today, we advocate for an expansive understanding of intersectionality when we fight for social and policy change. This means, for instance, understanding that the problem of access to health care looks different for black women, trans women, disabled women and Indigenous women, and thus policies that address health care must take into account these different impacts and experiences.   

We believe the Women’s Agenda is the first intersectional feminist policy platform. Women’s March convened a group of 70 movement leaders to create this set of 24 essential federal policy priorities that form the foundation of the 2019 Women’s March on Washington and will establish the priorities of our movement over the next two years.

This Women’s Agenda was authored by women who work directly with impacted communities because we believe those closest to the problem are closest to the solution. This is a continuation of our work of the past two years to lift up the voices of the most vulnerable and directly impacted women in our communities.

Building upon the Unity Principles established in 2017, Women's March expanded the process to include dozens of additional organizations representing women in marginalized communities, who have collaborated in committees to identify one to two urgent policy priorities under each of the following areas:

 
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Ending Violence Against Women & Femmes

LGBTQIA+ Rights

Ending State Violence

Immigrant Rights

Disability Rights

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Reproductive Rights & Justice

Economic Justice & Worker’s Rights

Environmental Justice

Racial Justice

Civil Rights & Liberties

 
 

The policies identified under each area are specific, tangible, and able to acted upon and supported in 2019 and 2020, potentially even passed with the support of activists nationwide. In addition, Women's March calls for three policy priorities that intersect with all committees and affect the rights of all women:

 
 

Universal Health Care / Medicare for All

Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution

Ending War

 
 

The Women’s Agenda is a tangible declaration of how we will protect and defend our rights, safety, health and communities. Our Agenda will serve as a work plan to Congress and will create the roadmap we will use to mobilize our constituents into 2020 and beyond. 

 
 
 

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But we need you. Become a member and support the movement to create a more equitable and just world.

 
 
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