Target: Minnesota State House Speaker Paul Thissen (DFL)
Goal: Commend new bill to help working women achieve economic equality
It’s no secret that working American women average less than 80 cents per dollar made by American men, or that lack of flexibility in work schedules makes it difficult for most working mothers to juggle care for children with the job they need to feed them. So the recent surge in plans outlining better workplace protections for women is heartening, and the Women’s Economic Security Act anticipated by the Minnesota legislature is among the most comprehensive. The House’s official press release on the bill says it contains “initiatives designed to break down barriers to economic progress facing women – and all Minnesotans.”
House Speaker Thissen, of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, introduced the bill at the Women’s Economic Security Summit, and the DFL Caucus published a fact sheet outlining the multi-faceted plan for empowering Minnesotan women and their families, as well as elderly women. This plan includes bumping the minimum wage to $9.50/hour, expanding working families’ access to sick and family leave and childcare options, and empowering victims of sexual violence and working women – from discrimination protections to aid for women in “high-skill, high-wage, nontraditional jobs” and female entrepreneurs.
State Senator Sandy Pappas (DFL-Saint Paul) and State Representative Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing), who will be the chief authors of the bill, are excited to make a positive change in the lives of fellow Minnesotan women. Sen. Pappas, who is also the Senate President, commented, “While numerous gains have been made at various levels of government in this respect, inequities remain for working women in Minnesota – we hope to change that.”
By signing this petition, you are thanking Speaker Thissen, Sen. Pappas, and Rep. Melin for their dedication to empowering Minnesotan women to achieve economic success and, eventually, equality. You are applauding their acknowledgment of the fact that a fair and equal society will benefit all Minnesotans and their economy.
Dear Speaker Thissen,
Your recent introduction of the Minnesota Women’s Economic Security Act is certainly cause for celebration. This bill not only acknowledges the problems facing working and elderly women and their families, it reaches out to female entrepreneurs and victims of sexual abuse.
I appreciate the work you and your colleagues Senate President Pappas and Representative Melin are doing to empower Minnesotan women to claim the opportunities and achievements they deserve. Thank you for producing one of the more comprehensive working women’s rights bills this year. I hope that other state legislatures follow in your footsteps.
[Your Name Here]
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