We Have Her Back
ROUNDUP: Election Night Wins for Women
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While we wait for state workers to finish counting every vote, voters ushered in many big and decisive victories for safe, fair, and dignified work last night. Below is a brief roundup.
These winning ballot measures will help make workplaces more equitable:
- Colorado voters said loud and clear that paid family and medical leave should be here to stay. Proposition 118 passed with 57 percent support. This proposition will create a paid family and medical leave program with an additional four weeks for pregnancy or childbirth complications, among other protections.
- Floridians voted to reduce the gender pay gap and increase the minimum wage, with 60 percent support. Amendment 2 will raise the state minimum wage to $10.00 per hour and by $1.00 every year until it reaches $15.00 per hour in 2026, which economists predict will help even the playing field for 1.4 million Florida women.
- A strong 58 percent of Utah voters approved an amendment against gender-based discrimination. Amendment A will change gender-specific terminology to be gender neutral in the Utah Constitution.
- Multnomah County, Oregon approved a ballot measure to provide tuition-free preschool. The county, which includes the city of Portland, will offer tuition-free preschool to all 3- and 4-year-olds whose parents want it, while also raising the pay of preschool teachers.
These women — and many more — made history last night:
- New Mexico became the first state to elect all women of color to its House delegation. [The Hill, November 4, 2020]
- Cori Bush became the first Black congresswoman from Missouri. [InStyle, November 3, 2020]
- Sarah McBride became the highest-ranking transgender state legislator in the country. [The Lily, November 4, 2020]
- Despite unrelenting, racist and sexist attacks, all four members of “The Squad” were re-elected. [The Guardian, November 4, 2020]
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