Equal Rights Amendment
SJ Res 6 / HJ Res 33
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would ban discrimination on the basis of sex. It would help women in cases of discrimination in education, employment, wages, insurance benefits, military service, social security, violence against women, and more. Currently 37 of the required 38 states have ratified the proposed amendment.
Removing the Deadline for ERA Ratification
SJ Res 5 / HJ Res 53
This bill would remove the arbitrary ten-year ratification deadline that Congress placed on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Many Constitutional scholars believe that because the time-limit is in the pre-amble of the ERA, and therefore not part of the wording voted on by the states, it is subject to an extension by a vote in Congress. The ERA is the only proposed amendment to ever have a ratification deadline placed on it.
Title IX Protection Act
The Title IX Protection Act would codify into law the 2011 and 2014 Department of Education Office of Civil Rights guidance that aimed to protect survivors of sexual assault on college campuses. Under this bill, accusations of sexual assault would be held to the same evidence standard as all other civil cases. It also reiterates that investigations should be conducted in a timely manner, and clarifies that survivors should not be forced into mediation with the person who has allegedly assaulted them.
HALT Campus Sexual Violence Act
The HALT Act would strengthen efforts to prevent and combat campus sexual violence by allowing the Department of Education to fine institutions found to be in violation of Title IX and increase financial penalties for Clery Act violations. It would also allow students to take legal action against negligent education institutions and require colleges and universities to publicly disclose Title IX and Clery Act investigations, sanctions, and findings.
Patsy T. Mink and Louise M. Slaughter Gender Equity in Education Act (GEEA) of 2018
S 3110 / HR 6184
The Gender Equity in Education Act (GEEA) increases federal resources to schools, school districts, states, and institutions of higher education to fully implement Title IX. GEEA establishes an Office for Gender Equity in the Department of Education and requires that this office disseminate resources and provide training to all Title IX coordinators. The office would also provide competitive grants to K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, local educational agencies, and states that have created plans to improve gender equity.
Education Department Civil Rights Transparency Act
The Education Department Civil Rights Transparency Act would require the Department of Education to publish information regarding civil rights complaints, cases, findings, and resolutions. The Act aims to ensure that the Department is protecting the civil rights of students, in particular students of color, students with disabilities, transgender students, and survivors of sexual assault.
Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act of 2017
The EACH Woman Act would make insurance coverage for abortion available to all women regardless of income, type of insurance, employer, or zip code. The Act would prohibit federal, state, and local governments from passing laws that restrict private health insurance companies from offering abortion coverage, and restore abortion insurance coverage to the 28 million women who receive health insurance through the federal government and are currently denied abortion coverage through the 1976 Hyde Amendment.
Women’s Health Protection Act of 2017
S 510 / HR 1322
The Women’s Health Protection Act aims to protect the rights of women to access abortion services on the federal level. It outlaws state’s targeted regulations on abortion providers (TRAP laws), including requirements that individuals looking to obtain an abortion undergo medically unnecessary tests and in-person visits prior to the procedure.
Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2018
The Health Equity and Accountability Act seeks to address and eliminate disparities in healthcare access and outcomes among racial and ethnic groups. The Act builds on the Affordable Care Act by making federal resources available to target inequitable health access in vulnerable communities; creating federal guidelines for data collection and reporting; increasing cultural and linguistic-appropriate healthcare; and improving federal efforts to better health outcomes for women and families.
S 2994 and S 2988 / HR 6406
The EMPOWER Act prohibits employers from instituting non-disparagement and nondisclosure clauses as a condition of employment in relation to sexual harassment. In addition, companies would not be allowed to file tax deductions for legal fees incurred through sexual harassment cases, and they would be required to disclose the number of settlements they have made in sexual harassment cases, as well as the presence of individuals who incurred repeated settlements, in their yearly SEC filings.
Sunlight in Workplace Harassment Act
S 2454 / HR 5028
The Sunlight in Workplace Harassment Act aims to increase accountability and transparency by requiring public companies to disclose to the SEC the number and details of harassment and discrimination settlements reached. It also requires public companies to disclose how long it took to complete an investigation, and whether or not there are any investigations on going. The SEC would be prohibited from disclosing accusers’ names and other settlement details the accuser objected to.
International Violence Against Women Act of 2018
IVAWA would ensure that the Office of Global Women’s Issues at the State Department remained in operation and that the United States moved forward with a Gender Based Violence Strategy that centers the needs and experiences of survivors. IVAWA would guarantee that ending violence against women was a primary goal of United States foreign policy and that response to gender-based violence is included in all international humanitarian aid efforts.
Keep Families Together Act
The Keep Families Together Act would prohibit the government from removing a migrant child from their migrant parent or guardian at or near a port of entry or within 100 miles of the United States border. The Act bars the government from separating children from their parents for the purpose of deterring other individuals from migrating to the United States.
Other Bills We have Supported, but haven’t Officially Endorsed
The DREAM Act would allow undocumented immigrant youth—most of whom grew up in the United States—to apply for permanent residency and eventually citizenship. The Act would also end the deportation proceeding of anyone who qualified for this residency and citizenship process, as well as children over five years of age who are in elementary or middle school.
Assault Weapons Ban
The Assault Weapons Ban would restrict the sale, importation, and possession of assault weapons and limit the maximum number of bullets allowed in a magazine.