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ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

Economic Opportunity

The wealth gap between America’s richest and poorer families more than doubled from 1989 to 2016, according to a recent analysis by the Pew Research Center. American wealth inequality is extreme, and only widens when examining factors such as gender or race. This is exacerbated by the unpaid care work gender minorities are expected to perform at home. If American women earned minimum wage for the unpaid work they do around the house and caring for relatives, they would have made $1.5 trillion last year. Generation Ratify does not believe anyone’s quality of life and financial income should be dictated by their gender and race 

WHAT WE WILL FIGHT FOR...

We will fight for wage policies that directly combat the wage gap in all its forms. Because combatting the wage gap through open salary policies and paid parental leave especially benefit women and femmes in the workplace. However, they also benefit any groups disadvantaged in the workplace, such as BIPOC, disabled individuals, and LGBTQ+ individuals. 
 

We will fight for workplace sexual harassment training requirements. Because all employees, but particularly women and femmes, have a right to a workplace free of sexual harassment. Employers must educate employees about complaint procedures and encourage all employees to use them should they feel uncomfortable in the workplace. 

We will fight to decriminalize sex work. Because protecting LGBTQ+ individuals’ access to healthcare significantly decreases the health risks and conditions they are more susceptible to. Healthcare is already inaccessible within the U.S., and is even less accessible for the individuals who need it most. LGBTQ+ individuals need healthcare that both supports them and affirms their identity.

 

We will fight to codify the Crown Act into federal law. Because the Crown Act would work to eliminate discriminatory grooming practices that disproportionately harm Black Americans, and Black women in particular.

We will fight for subsidized child care. Because all women and femmes deserve to have secure housing, regardless of the other circumstances of their life. Housing is a human right and until it is available to all women, we can not have a truly equitable society.

We will fight to prohibit housing discrimination on the basis of race, family status, disability, or gender expression. Because all women and femmes deserve to have secure housing, regardless of the other circumstances of their life. Housing is a human right and until it is available to all women, we can not have a truly equitable society.

 

We will fight to make sure interns are paid. Because young people deserve to be compensated for their labor just as much as adults. This issue particularly affects women because of the gap in who gets paid for their internships, and true gender equality will not be achieved until all women and femmes, including young ones, are compensated for their work.

Testimonials

“We’re often told that if you work hard enough for what you, you’ll achieve your goals and the American Dream. Although true, this doesn’t take into account the systemic economic hurdles that plague minorities and women. As a young black woman, this is something that I’ve had to come to terms with and face head on. The first step to making these dreams a reality for all is by removing these economic hurdles and giving people the opportunity to start off on an even playing field.”
 

- Belan Yeshigeta, VA, Generation Ratify National Executive Director