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.
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