WOMEN’S EQAULITY

End Gender Inequality & Close the Pay Gap for Women 

I will work to put in place a legislative framework to empower women, invest in women’s equality and convene partnerships to accelerate progress and close the pay gap in Michigan.

I have identified 10 core socio-economic issues  that are a huge burden on women and their families. More young women go to college than men, but unequal pay makes it harder for them to pay back student loans.

More women are minimum-wage workers than men, but the minimum wage no longer keeps a mom and her baby out of poverty. Many women—and men —in Michigan have been sidelined from a bright future because they couldn’t find a decent child care option for their kids.

We’ve got to make this economy work for women and families all across Michigan.

Top 10 Impact Zones to Tackle Gender Inequality: 

  • Blocked economic potential
  • Time spent in unpaid care work
  • Reduced legal rights
  • Political underrepresentation
  • Violence against Women & Girls/Human Trafficking
  • Low labor-force participation in quality jobs
  • Low maternal and reproductive health
  • Unequal education levels
  • Financial and digital exclusion
  • Girl-Child Vulnerability/Human Trafficking

The Issue:

Women are the primary or joint breadwinners for a majority of Michigan  households. Yet, the economy and our government are not working  hard enough for women and their families. Today, a woman earns 80 cents for every dollar a man earns. Black women earn 61 cents for every dollar a white, non-Hispanic male earns. Latinas earn 53 cents for every dollar earned by White, non-Hispanic men and must work nearly 23 months to earn what white men earn in 12 months.

Wages are barely budging in this country but the cost of child care has gone up so much that it’s now more expensive than in-state college tuition in most states—making it harder for women and men to work if they want to. 

Shri’s Solution:

I will work to legislate a comprehensive bill package to help women achieve work-life balance, including

    • Equal Pay for Equal Work
    • Paid Family Leave
    • Increasing Rates of Maternal-Infant Mortality to Prevent Untimely Deaths 
    • Paid and Unpaid Childcare Leave
    • Increased Tax Relief 
    • Tax Rebates
    • Childcare subsidies
  • Identify women who are returning to work & need to refresh their skills
  • Incentives for more girls to pursue STEM education.

Repeal Michigan’s ‘Rape Insurance’ Abortion Rider Law

The Issue:

Michigan’s ‘Rape Insurance’ Abortion Rider Law went into effect in 2014 which shows how reproductive rights have been under relentless attack and punishes women for being women even though access to safe abortion services is critical to the health and economic futures of millions of women. This law drops coverage of most abortions from existing policies — even to terminate a pregnancy resulting from rape or incest. Women who buy their own individual policies, rather than getting coverage through an employer-based plan, won’t be able to purchase the additional coverage, called an abortion rider, from Michigan insurers.

Shri’s Solution:

Repeal Michigan’s ‘Rape Insurance’ Abortion Rider Law. And, increase funding to Planned Parenthood.

Preventing Domestic Partner & Sexual Violence

The Issue:

Technology has a major impact on survivors of abuse. It can be used by a survivor to access help, to strategically maintain safety and privacy, and to remain connected to family and friends. It is often used to prove guilt and hold offenders accountable. But, technology can also be misused by abusers and perpetrators in crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking.

Shri’s Solution:

I will work to expand legislation to protect women and girls from intimate partner abuse and support, craft, and update legislation that works to address safety, privacy, accessibility, and civil rights of victims, including:

Michigan Sexual Abuse & Violence Elimination (MI SAVE) Act of 2021

  • Require college campuses to report of dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking – in addition to sexual assault and rape – to local law enforcement agencies.
  • Requires higher education institutions to develop a statement of policy regarding sexual abuse and violence prevention programming and the procedures that the institution will follow once an incident has been reported (including notifying victims of their rights and options.)
  • Implementation of state-wide dating and domestic abuse hotlines.
  • Development of a Michigan Domestic Abuser & Violence Registry
  • Extension of Unemployment Insurance to victims of domestic violence resulting in a  conviction that have been forced to leave jobs and/or terminated due to domestic violence consequences so they can secure safe housing, medical treatment and legal relief.
  •  Allow Michigan landlords to bifurcate leases and evict domestic abusers, hold the abuser liable for unpaid rent or damages due to domestic violence and permit or require landlords to change locks on a domestic violence victim’s unit.
  • Surrender of firearms when a person is convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor or specified domestic violence offenses.
  • Require police officers to remove firearms and/or ammunition from abusers subject to domestic violence protective orders.

End Gender Inequality & Close the Pay Gap for Women 

I will work to put in place a legislative framework to empower women, invest in women’s equality and convene partnerships to accelerate progress and close the pay gap in Michigan.

I have identified 10 core socio-economic issues  that are a huge burden on women and their families. More young women go to college than men, but unequal pay makes it harder for them to pay back student loans.

More women are minimum-wage workers than men, but the minimum wage no longer keeps a mom and her baby out of poverty. Many women—and men —in Michigan have been sidelined from a bright future because they couldn’t find a decent child care option for their kids.

We’ve got to make this economy work for women and families all across Michigan.

Top 10 Impact Zones to Tackle Gender Inequality: 

  • Blocked economic potential
  • Time spent in unpaid care work
  • Reduced legal rights
  • Political underrepresentation
  • Violence against Women & Girls/Human Trafficking
  • Low labor-force participation in quality jobs
  • Low maternal and reproductive health
  • Unequal education levels
  • Financial and digital exclusion
  • Girl-Child Vulnerability/Human Trafficking

The Issue:

Women are the primary or joint breadwinners for a majority of Michigan  households. Yet, the economy and our government are not working  hard enough for women and their families. Today, a woman earns 80 cents for every dollar a man earns. Black women earn 61 cents for every dollar a white, non-Hispanic male earns. Latinas earn 53 cents for every dollar earned by White, non-Hispanic men and must work nearly 23 months to earn what white men earn in 12 months.

Wages are barely budging in this country but the cost of child care has gone up so much that it’s now more expensive than in-state college tuition in most states—making it harder for women and men to work if they want to. 

Shri’s Solution:

I will work to legislate a comprehensive bill package to help women achieve work-life balance, including

    • Equal Pay for Equal Work
    • Paid Family Leave
    • Increasing Rates of Maternal-Infant Mortality to Prevent Untimely Deaths 
    • Paid and Unpaid Childcare Leave
    • Increased Tax Relief 
    • Tax Rebates
    • Childcare subsidies
  • Identify women who are returning to work & need to refresh their skills
  • Incentives for more girls to pursue STEM education.

Repeal Michigan’s ‘Rape Insurance’ Abortion Rider Law

The Issue:

Michigan’s ‘Rape Insurance’ Abortion Rider Law went into effect in 2014 which shows how reproductive rights have been under relentless attack and punishes women for being women even though access to safe abortion services is critical to the health and economic futures of millions of women. This law drops coverage of most abortions from existing policies — even to terminate a pregnancy resulting from rape or incest. Women who buy their own individual policies, rather than getting coverage through an employer-based plan, won’t be able to purchase the additional coverage, called an abortion rider, from Michigan insurers.

Shri’s Solution:

Repeal Michigan’s ‘Rape Insurance’ Abortion Rider Law. And, increase funding to Planned Parenthood.

Preventing Domestic Partner & Sexual Violence

The Issue:

Technology has a major impact on survivors of abuse. It can be used by a survivor to access help, to strategically maintain safety and privacy, and to remain connected to family and friends. It is often used to prove guilt and hold offenders accountable. But, technology can also be misused by abusers and perpetrators in crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking.

Shri’s Solution:

I will work to expand legislation to protect women and girls from intimate partner abuse and support, craft, and update legislation that works to address safety, privacy, accessibility, and civil rights of victims, including:

Michigan Sexual Abuse & Violence Elimination (MI SAVE) Act of 2021

  • Require college campuses to report of dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking – in addition to sexual assault and rape – to local law enforcement agencies.
  • Requires higher education institutions to develop a statement of policy regarding sexual abuse and violence prevention programming and the procedures that the institution will follow once an incident has been reported (including notifying victims of their rights and options.)
  • Implementation of state-wide dating and domestic abuse hotlines.
  • Development of a Michigan Domestic Abuser & Violence Registry
  • Extension of Unemployment Insurance to victims of domestic violence resulting in a  conviction that have been forced to leave jobs and/or terminated due to domestic violence consequences so they can secure safe housing, medical treatment and legal relief.
  •  Allow Michigan landlords to bifurcate leases and evict domestic abusers, hold the abuser liable for unpaid rent or damages due to domestic violence and permit or require landlords to change locks on a domestic violence victim’s unit.
  • Surrender of firearms when a person is convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor or specified domestic violence offenses.
  • Require police officers to remove firearms and/or ammunition from abusers subject to domestic violence protective orders.
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