Students and Childcare
There is a long-standing childcare crisis in the U.S. and COVID-19 has shone a light on the ongoing inadequacies of access, availability, and quality childcare and the disproportionate impact on women and women of color. In addition, women and women of color who make up a significant portion of the childcare workforce, have either been pushed out of the workforce because of the closure of childcare centers or are not making a living wage.
For our students we know that girls of color are over-criminalized and suspended from school at a much higher rate than boys and white girls their same age. Studies show that young girls of color are perceived as older than their same aged peers and thus, they are treated in a way that disproportionately and unfairly punishes them. Ensuring this treatment does not continue is of paramount importance to the committee. We support the following state-wide legislation:
1) An Act providing affordable and accessible high quality early education and care to promote child development and well-being and support the economy in the Commonwealth S.362/H.605
2) An Act to Increase Access to Menstrual Products in Prisons, Homeless Shelters, and Public Schools – “I AM”– H.2354
Our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women demands a commitment to diverse and equitable leadership in our organizations and government. Additionally, we stand against discriminatory practices that oppress people of color, women, and women of color in the Commonwealth. This includes a commitment to voting rights and access, the prioritization of diverse leadership, and equity at all levels of government. We support the following state-wide legislation:
1) An Act Relative to Civil Rights H.1522
YW Boston will continue to support legislation and work with coalitions to address systemic racism that permeates our educational and judicial systems as it relates to young girls and women of color. The intersectionality of gender and race is not effectively addressed in public policy and COVID-19 has further exacerbated these disparities. The committee intends to support legislation around dismantling the school to prison pipeline, ending the overcriminalization of girls of color, police and criminal justice reform, the student debt crisis and higher education access, and ensuring an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. We support the following state-wide legislation:
Parity on Board
YW Boston is leading the Parity on Board coalition and advocating for legislation to ensure gender parity and racial and ethnic diversity on public boards and commissions. But representation won’t improve unless public boards commit to fostering inclusive workplaces that can support these diverse candidates and unless these candidates of diverse backgrounds answer the call to serve. Visit parityonboard.org to learn more about getting involved in a public board or commission in Massachusetts, or to sign up as a coalition partner in support of more diverse leadership in our Commonwealth.
You can take action to support any or all of these bills by reaching out to your state legislators. Click below to find their contact information.