Stay engaged, involved, and up-to-date: 10/22/2018 Weekly Review

Stay engaged, involved, and up-to-date: In the weekly reviews from the Women’s Public Policy Network, we look back on last week’s highlights from the WPPN, share updates on bills affecting women that are moving at the Statehouse, showcase weekly news clips, and provide calls to action on bills pending in the Legislature. Sign up for our emails to receive these updates in your inbox every week!


We partnered with the Coalition on Human Needs to release an Ohio Poverty Snapshot highlighting data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on income, poverty, and health coverage through the year 2017. According to the snapshot, while poverty rates have declined since 2016, 1.5 million people in Ohio remain in poverty and 3.5 million people throughout the state remain near poor.

With the release of this new data, we called upon lawmakers in Ohio and Washington to recommit to policy efforts that support working families, particularly women who take on dual roles of caregivers and breadwinners:

“We must revamp our public policies at the state and federal level to make it easier for people to afford the necessities,” said Erin Ryan, Managing Director of the Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network. “It’s very good news that more people in Ohio have health insurance compared with 2013, but wages are still too low, and women are still bearing the burden of extremely poor households. Policymakers in Washington and at the Statehouse must prioritize affordable access to health insurance, nutrition, and housing assistance so that families can lift themselves out of poverty and into the middle class.”

Programs like SNAP, housing assistance, and Medicaid play a critical role in the economic security of Ohio households
. Efforts to restrict access to these programs could increase hardships for the families who depend on the program to make ends meet. [To read the Ohio Poverty Snapshot, click here. And to access infographics from the snapshot, click here.]



We are nearly one week away from Election Day – and early voting is already underway! Issues fundamental to women and their families should be at the forefront of every single race here in Ohio, and that’s exactly what our 2018 General Election Voter Guide Website aims to do.

The website has responses from a questionnaire we sent candidates running for state executive offices (Attorney General, Auditor, Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, and Treasurer), State House, and State Senate. This guide provides voters with a non-partisan tool to understand candidates’ priorities on three main issues areas:

1.) Promoting economic security for women and their families;

2.) Ensuring fairness and opportunity in the workplace; and

3.) Improving women’s health and wellbeing

Before you vote, make sure you know where candidates stand on crucial issues related to women’s economic security, workplace opportunity, and health. Check out the full Voter Guide on our website.

From L to R: Louis Tobin, Executive Director, The Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association (Opposed to Issue 1); Retired Judge Scott VanDerKarr, Former Franklin County Municipal Court judge (Opposed to Issue 1); Janetta King, President/CEO, Innovation Ohio (Moderator); Senator Charleta B. Tavares, Assistant Minority Leader, Ohio Senate (In Support of Issue 1); Molly Shack, Senior Community Organizer, Ohio Organizing Collaborative (In Support of Issue 1)

This November, Ohioans will also vote on State Issue 1, a proposed constitutional amendment, also known as the Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment, and Rehabilitation Amendment. 
Earlier this month, we partnered with the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio to host a Voters Forum examining Issue 1 from a gender lens. The forum featured representatives from both sides of Issue 1 who shared more about how the issue would specifically affect women and their familiesWatch the Facebook Live stream of the forum here.

In Ohio, women are 51% of the population and hold only 22% of elected offices in the state legislature.  Are you ready to be a leader in your community? Have you considered running for public office or volunteering for a political campaign? Do you know someone that you think would make a great political candidate?

We Need More Women in Public Office: Research shows that women make government more transparent, inclusive and accessible. Women bring different priorities and experiences to public life, including perspectives that have been largely absent in public policy making. Women change the way government works, and their voices are needed around the country.

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs will host Ready to Run – Campaign Training for Women on December 6, 2018. This one-day conference provides training on building, financing, messaging and launching your campaign for elected office.

Event Details:
Thursday, December 6, 2018 
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Fawcett Center, The Ohio State University 
2400 Olentangy River Rd, 
Columbus, Ohio 43210

If you are not ready to run, but want to be a leader in your community advocating for issues and candidates important to you, we invite you to join us for the Ready to Advocate conference track with sessions on voter engagement, sexual harassment, and volunteer/political board engagement.

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs and Programs for Ohio Women Empowered to Represent (POWER) challenge you to attend this conference and jump-start your political career. Get more information about the program and register today!

The Economy Is Growing. These Workers’ Paychecks Aren’t., October 2018

Life-threatening birth complications more common in minorities, study finds
NBC News, October 10, 2018

In Prison, Discipline Comes Down Hardest on Women
NPR, October 15, 2018

Child Care’s Impact on Women’s Opportunities
The Wall Street Journal, October 21, 2018

Miscarrying at Work: The Physical Toll of Pregnancy Discrimination
The New York Times, October 21, 2018

Despite Dip in Poverty Numbers, 1.5 Million Ohioans Struggle
Public News Service, October 24, 2018

Justice Department says businesses can discriminate against transgender employees
The Hill, October 24, 2018

More than 1 million absentee ballots requested in Ohio
10TV, October 24, 2018

OSU students want young people to vote in November
NBC4i, October 24, 2018

Ohio lawmaker wants to eliminate sales tax on diapers
Cincinnati Enquirer, October 25, 2018

Uber, Lyft and Lime offering discounts to polling locations on Election Day
10TV, October 26, 2018

After-school program says low-income children are not getting free meals
ABC6, October 26, 2018

Women candidates challenged history, party, and sexism
CNN, October 28, 2018

Polling Shows Health-Care Protections a Hot-Button Election Issue
Public News Service, October 29, 2018

‘Yes means yes’: How Ohio universities teach students about consent
Cleveland Plain Dealer, October 29, 2018

More students opt for free breakfast when it’s served in classroom
The Columbus Dispatch, October 29, 2018

POWER: Ready to Run – Campaign Training for Women
Thursday, December 6, 2018
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Fawcett Conference Center
2400 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, Ohio 43210
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio: Columbus Stand Up for Choice
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Ace of Cups
2619 N. High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43202 
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio: Feminist Killjoy Karaoke
Thursday, November 15, 2018
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Happy Dog
5801 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44102

We are tracking the progress of any state bills affecting women in the Ohio Legislature for the 132nd General Assembly. The House and Senate are scheduled to remain out of session until after the general election in November, however, legislators can continue to introduce bills while the legislature is out on recess:
  • House Bill 752 (Sykes) – Health Standards: Requires the State Board of Education to develop and adopt health education standards for grades kindergarten through 12. This bill would also limit the approval of the Ohio General Assembly to require approval of only venereal disease education standards and curriculum adopted by the State Board. The bill was introduced in the House on October 24th.
  • House Bill 753 (Antani) – Sales Tax Exemption: To exempt from sales and use tax the sale of diapers designed for infants and toddlers. The bill was introduced in the House on October 29th.
We will keep tracking any new updates and will be sharing timely legislative updates on women-centric legislation on Twitter using the #OHLeg hashtag. Follow us to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at the Statehouse.