Women's Rights

Generation after generation have fought at the local, state and national level for women’s rights. Commonly understood, women’s rights is defined as the fight for the idea that women should have equal rights, as has been said women’s rights are human rights. Throughout history, women’s rights have taken the form of gaining property rights, the right of women to vote, fair and equal educational opportunities, reproductive rights, the right to be free from sexual violence and the right to work for equal pay.

For the American women who believed the future was imminently female, Donald Trump's presidency has opened up an entirely new focus, one of preserving basic women’s rights milestones. Women’s rights are fundamental to true democracy for all. But in order to ensure women’s rights are protected, we need to elect more women.

51 percent of Americans are women, though we’ve never had a woman president, and only 19 percent of our Congress is female. Electing more women would benefit not only women but also the country. Electing more women would increase bi-partisan efforts - women in Congress are more likely to work across the aisle and get bills through.

Several studies have found that women are just as likely as men to win elections. Unfortunately women do not run as often as men do. Women are less likely to consider a career in politics when they’re young, and are not often encouraged to run for office, or to value their own qualifications.

"Others have said it before me. If you don't have a seat at the table, you're probably on the menuAnd so it is important that we have women in the United States Senate - strong women, women who are there to help advance an agenda that is important to women." - Elizabeth Warren

Actions

Volunteer at a family planning clinic like Planned Parenthood and escort patients to and from the clinic where they are often harrassed by picketers.

Speak up when you see harassment, stand beside the woman and offer to call the police.

Help a woman get elected by donating money or working on her campaign.

Local and National Organizations

Emerge America – training program for Democratic women.

Emily’s List – working to elect pro-choice women to office.

Greater KC Women’s Political Caucus – increasing women’s participation in politics and achieving equality for all women.

Ignite – building a movement of young women who are ready to own their fair share of political power.

Planned Parenthood – offering reproductive health services, STD treatment, transgender care, menopausal symptom management, and abortion referral and counseling.

Running Start – bringing young women to politics.

She Should Run – expanding the talent pool of future elected female leaders.

Women’s Employment Network – helping women discover their abilities, gain employment and build a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

Women’s Foundation of Kansas City – promoting equity and opportunity for women of all ages, using research, philanthropy and policy solutions to make meaningful change.

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