The 2020 Washington State Legislative session starts this week, with legislators convening to begin tackling the issues facing our state. YWCA will be working hard to pass strong policies to improve the lives of women and communities of color across three areas of focus: housing, justice system reform, and economic empowerment.
Last month, we wrote about what the opportunity gap is, and how it impacts the potential for women, particularly Black women, to gain leadership positions in business and government. This week we’re looking at how other nations around the world have successfully narrowed the gap between men and women in representation on company boards or in major political parties.
At YWCA, we talk a lot about the wage gap between women and men, a gap that is even larger for women of color. However, the opportunity gap that denies women chances to get promoted or work in fast growing industries is another example of the sexism and racism that has stagnated progress to equality in our economy.
It’s August, and tomorrow is the primary election for Seattle City Council, King County, and Snohomish County councils. We’ve put together some important news articles about this election below. Read up and get your ballots in today to make your voice heard!