Minnesotans, this post is for you. If you live in the other 49, though, don’t worry: the economic security of women, especially mothers and caregivers, is a big deal for you too! Study the work of the Minnesota Coalition for Women’s Economic Security and see how its strategies can be applied in your state.
The Minnesota Women’s Economic Security Act (MNWESA), which I have written about before, needs to clear one more legislative hurdle before it can be signed into law. After being hashed out in conference committee, the bill needs a new vote in both the House and Senate.
If you’re like me, you’re thinking: “Big deal! They passed it once, they can pass it again, right?” WRONG.
Today one of my colleagues in Minnesota NOW sent me a dire e-mail: “[Senate DFLers] are getting pressure from the business community to oppose the provision protecting caregivers from workplace discrimination. Without their vote, the bill might not pass the Senate. Please….CALL OR E-MAIL NOW, even if it’s not your particular Senator! They need to hear from MN Constituents. They need to hear from YOU!”
I am happy to report that my own senator is firmly in the YES column, so today I emailed ten others:
Tom Bakk: via email form
Terri Bonoff: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bobby Joe Champion: email@example.com
Melisa Franzen: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vicki Jensen via email form
Lyle Koenen: email@example.com
Ron Latz: via email form
James Metzen: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Rest: via email form
Dan Sparks: email@example.com
The good people behind the coalition to pass MNWESA provided a template which I amended for Radical Housewife readers. Since many of you are mothers, I know you need protection from workplace discrimination more than you need a bouquet of tulips on Sunday morning. By putting in just a few minutes of work today, you might get both!
My Mother’s Day gift to you is giving you the names and addresses above and the message below, one that can be easily cut, pasted & customized. And that darned header is so cute!
Dear Sen. [HIS OR HER NAME HERE!] ,
Sunday is Mother’s Day, that day when Minnesota moms like me are honored for the hard work we do for our families 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
This year you have the opportunity to honor us with a gift that will last longer than brunch and flowers!
Moms, and the people who love them, want equal pay and equal opportunities to contribute to Minnesota’s economic prosperity.
As a Minnesota mom, I urge you to support the common sense provisions included in the Women’s Economic Security Act:
• Expansion of unpaid family leave and reasonable accommodations for pregnant and nursing employees
• Greater participation of women in high-wage, high-demand nontraditional work
• Improved enforcement of equal pay laws
• Protections from workplace discrimination based on being a mother
• Support for women dealing with the economic consequences of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault
• Expanded opportunities for grandparents to pitch in and use earned sick time to help care for grandchildren
• Serious consideration of more options for increased retirement security
We moms hear every Mother’s Day that mothering is the most important job in the world—here is your chance to prove that you agree! Minnesota moms need you to vote “yes” on the Women’s Economic Security Act!
[YOUR NAME HERE!]
Mom of [KID COUNT HERE!]
Your Mother’s Day gift to me? Posting in the comments that you did it!