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*We value the liberation of all people, and this publication uses an expansive definition of women, which includes trans and cisgender women, gender nonbinary people, and anyone who has been marginalized due to their gender.


MAJORITY RULE 1Our lives are safe.

We live free of fear, intimidation and violence at home, at work and in our neighborhoods—no matter where we’re from, who we love, or how we identify.

Click to hear from Lawmaker Cindy Sherman of Ohio

Case Study: Stalking Lease Release, Sen. Kim Jackson (Georgia)


MAJORITY RULE 2Our bodies are respected.

The healthcare system takes our needs seriously, from medical treatment to making decisions about if and when to start a family.

Click to hear from Colorado State Senator Julie Gonzales

Case Study: The Reproductive Health Equity Act, Sen. Julie Gonzales (Colorado)


MAJORITY RULE 3Our work is valued.

We are paid equally for our work and get promoted equally too. The jobs primarily done by women—from teaching to caregiving—are valued and supported. All women can retire with dignity and enjoy the life they worked hard for.

Click to hear from Nevada State Senator Dina Neal

Case Study: Giving Home Care Workers Bargaining Power, Sen. Dina Neal (Nevada)

Click to hear from Nevada State Senator Dina Neal

Case Study: The C.R.O.W.N. Act, Sen. Dina Neal (Nevada)


MAJORITY RULE 4Our families are supported.

We are no longer forced to make impossible and unfair choices between family and work. Providing the best care for our families, from infancy to old age, is possible and affordable for all of us.

Click to hear from Colorado State Representative Yadira Caraveo

Case Study: Sick Leave for Colorado Employees Rep. Yadira Caraveo (Colorado)

Click to hear from Maryland Rise Executive Director Myles Hicks

Case Study: The Time to Care Act in Maryland


MAJORITY RULE 5Our government represents us.

From the school board to the White House, women are represented. The right to vote is protected and promoted, all voters have access to the polls and every vote is counted.

Click to hear from Vote Mama Foundation’s chief program officer, Sarah Hague

Case Study: How We Increase Representation of Mothers and Caregivers In Public Office, Sarah Hague, Vote Mama Foundation


We cannot ignore that an existential struggle is raging in the United States with our civil and human rights on the line. The trauma of these events is relentless and we know that it is taking a toll on women, BIPOC communities, the gender-oppressed, and our most marginalized.

But we see glimmers of hope across this country that give us the strength to keep fighting. Women are the hope. Together we must be a united front with our demands for progress and a future where all women’s lives are safe, our bodies are respected, our work is valued, our families are supported, and our government represents us.


“I am not an expert on every issue. So, I look to constituents as my field of experts. If you have a specific knowledge, skill, or lived experience, share that with your legislator and offer your assistance with reviewing and drafting legislation and policy.”
— Pennsylvania State Representative, Donna Bullock

We hope that the information shared here serves as a guide for you to learn about policy options in your state. For this reason, we have developed this resource to provide ideas on what can be done right now to address the issues that resonate deeply with you and your community. The following are steps to support public policy reform at the state level. While this list is numbered, it is not a fixed sequence—all policy reform efforts are different!

1. Identify a Problem

  • Select a specific problem that you want to address (remember to make sure it is something that can be addressed at the state-level).
  • Analyze why the problem needs to be addressed and the cost of inaction.
  • Find research/statistics that explain the problem.
  • Find personal stories/anecdotes that “humanize” the problem.

2. Identify a Policy Solution

  • Determine a policy solution.
  • Determine whether this policy solution is best implemented through a bill or something else (e.g. constitutional amendment, ballot initiative, administrative rule, executive order).
  • Analyze how the policy solution would address the problem and who would be most affected by it.
  • Find additional research/statistics that support your solution.
  • Determine whether this policy solution has been attempted in your state in the past, and if so, investigate why it was not fully enacted or implemented.

3. Find Supporters and Allies

  • Identify and work with current advocates in this space.
  • Build relationships with or join issue allies (including adjacent advocacy groups).
  • Identify neutral groups who may have influence over the solution and determine tactics for moving these groups from neutral to support.

4. Work with State Policymakers

  • Understand the state policymaking process, including the bill process, budget process, important session dates, and relevant legislative committees and leadership for your bill topic.
  • Build relationships with state policymakers.
  • Provide public testimony (written and oral).

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