As thousands of Ohioans participate in the Women’s March on Washington and sister marches across the state, there is a need to ensure that the momentum to advance progress for women does not end with the marches. The Women’s Public Policy Network – a coalition of over 20 women’s advocacy organizations convened by Innovation Ohio Education Fund – provides a hub of resources and advocacy opportunities, including a newly-updated Women’s Economic Security Legislative Scorecard for Ohio’s 131st General Assembly.
Last summer, we announced the formation of the Women’s Public Policy Network with the release of a Legislative Scorecard to measure progress made by the 131st General Assembly to advance our policy agenda. Today, ahead of the Women’s March on Washington, we released a final, updated Scorecard reflecting activity that occurred during the final weeks of the “lame duck” legislative session.
While we hoped the Lame Duck legislature would finish work on pending legislation to improve the lives of women and families, unfortunately that opportunity was missed and, instead, lawmakers set back the cause in several policy areas. Below are the highlights from the updated Scorecard:
It’s even more important now for Ohioans to stay engaged, and the Women’s Public Policy Network can be a vital resource to stay in-the-know about what’s happening on the federal level, but – more importantly – on the state and local levels where we can make the most direct impact. Together, we can hold state lawmakers accountable for their actions through tools such as our Legislative Scorecard. Be sure to sign-up for the Women’s Public Policy Network email alerts to stay up-to-date on legislative updates and calls to action here.
More details on the Women’s Public Policy Network and a full copy of the Scorecard can be found online, at womenspublicpolicynetwork.org.