ECONOMIC SECURITY

Read about our work on the Women's Economic Security Agenda, a package of laws passed in 2014 addressing the gender pay gap, family and sick leave, workplace discrimination, and more.

Read about our work on the Women's Economic Security Agenda, a package of laws passed in 2014 addressing the gender pay gap, family and sick leave, workplace discrimination, and more.

Economic security is exactly what it sounds like: having a the resources to maintain a stable and reasonable standard of life. We believe this is a human right for everyone, so we've been working on various cases and policies to help shore up Minnesota law. 

We're one of four members of the Women's Economic Security Coalition, which worked to pass the Women's Economic Security Agenda (WESA) in 2014. Since then, we've been working to pass more legislation to pick up where WESA left off. For example, we also joined the coalition Minnesotans for Paid Family Leave, which supports a state-administered Paid Family and Medical Leave Program. We believe workers should always be able to care for themselves and family members across their lifespan--without sacrificing economic security. 

Gender Justice client Tara Duncan tells her story at the Women's Economic Security Summit, a prime example of how our impact litigation cases and policy advocacy work hand in hand to advance economic security.

Economic Security and Workplace Equality

Workplace equality is crucial to fighting for economic security, which is why we are fighting discrimination in the workplace. If your job is at risk due to discrimination, that affects your economic security. And that's illegal. Being fired on the basis of your identity is wrong, whether it be gender identity, gender expression, sex, and/or sexual orientation. To read more about our work and our cases in this area, check out our page on workplace equality and fighting discrimination in the workplace.

 

 

More resources and information:

2014 Women's Economic Security Act Legislation   Women's Economic Security Coalition

Poverty and Economic Security  National Women's Law Center

FAQs about the Women's Economic Security Act     Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

What You Need to Know About the Women's Economic Security Act     Briggs and Morgan

Status of Women and Girls in Minnesota (2012)     Women's Foundation of MN & UM Center on Women and Public Policy