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Legislative Resources

The Legislative Resources page provides education and information relative to the legislative platform adopted by Mid-Day Women’s Alliance.  The information provides knowledge of these topics for reference only.

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MDWA Legislative Platform Topics

Equity in Employment.

Equal Pay


Projected Year the Wage Gap Will Close by Race (2016)

mind the gap charts (2016)

Unequal promotions graph (2017)

Gender Discrimination

Legislative Gender Equality Update (Kate Moody 2020)


Changing the game for women (2018)

Women in the workplace (2017)

Advancing equal pay innovative employer approaches (2016)

Equality in employment (2017) MDWA Presentation

Equity in Healthcare.

Preventable Health Measures

Reproductive Health

Equitable insurance coverage

Affordable Dependent care

Educational Opportunities.

All Levels/All Areas of Study

Ending Acts of Violence Against Women/Children.

Domestic violence

Sexual violence

FGM (Female Genital Mutilation)

Human trafficking

Sex Trafficking in the Fox Valley/WI (2019) MDWA Presentation

Economic Security

Wisconsin Elder Security Index

Family & Medical Leave Act/Family & Medical Leave insurance

9to5 Webinar (2020)

9to5 Drawing (2020)

FMLA vs FMLI (2017)

FMLI Factsheet (2016)

Family & Medical Leave (2017) MDWA Presentation

Equal Rights Amendment

Ten Ways an ERA Could Make a Difference

Why we need era (2013)

Equal Rights Amendment (2017) MDWA Presentation

Getting TO Equal (2017) MDWA Presentation

Strict vs. Intermediate scrutiny (2109) MDWA Presentation

United Nations Convention for the Elimination of all Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)   

CEDAW Presentation (2017) MDWA

CEDAW document (2017) MDWA

Actions Taken

February 16, 2022 - The New Imbalance

February 15, 2023 - Shop Small, Think Big - Helping Small Businesses Survive and Thrive

February 21, 2024 - Doesn't Everyone Deserve to Retire?

Panel members: 

Jenifer Cole is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Women’s Council, the state’s statutory commission on the status of women and girls.

Shawn Phetteplace is the Policy and Political Impact Director for the Main Street Alliance. 

Special guest in attendance: Tammie DeVooght Blaney, local External Affairs Specialist from the Governor’s office

  1. Q1:  I first heard of the “Elder Women Security Index” and the plight of older women about 10 years ago. Jenifer, what was the data telling us 10 years ago?
  2. Q2:  What does the data tell us about the situation today? How many women of retirement age are in poverty or can’t retire?
  3. Q3:  What factors have caused this economic security problem for women of retirement age? Why is there a higher percentage of older women in poverty compared to men? (Jenifer, this is the place where it will make sense for you to talk about the 3-legged stool.)
  4. Q4:  What about small business owners and their employees? If they don’t have access to the 3rd leg of the stool—workplace savings account—what happens to them?
  5. Q5:  What legislative remedies are being proposed to help this current situation either at the state or federal level, especially for those who don’t have access to workplace savings?
  6. Q6:  Social Security and Medicare are critical parts of that 3-legged stool. Many think those programs are underfunded and at risk—is that true? What can be done?

Take action: participate in our National Survey if they are a small business owner:

Main Street Alliance response

Favorite videos

Equal Means Equal (2016) on IMDb: Movies, TV, Celebs, and more...EQUAL MEANS EQUAL offers an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. Examining both real-life stories and precedent-setting legal cases, director Kamala Lopez uncovers how outdated and discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues, from workplace harassment to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to the foster care system, and the healthcare conglomerate to the judicial system. Along the way, she reveals the inadequacy of present laws that claim to protect women, ultimately presenting a compelling and persuasive argument for the urgency of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.

Are Women Equal? A look into the Equal Rights Amendment, a constitutional amendment first introduced in 1923, that still hasn't become law.

Zero Weeks - 2016 Grantee

Zero Weeks will be the first feature documentary to analyze America’s desperate need for modern paid family leave policies. Through Ellen’s passionate career, we follow the historical arc of family and medical leave and how our nation arrived to where it is now. Zero Weeks argues an economic, social, medical, political and global case for paid family leave by creating a poignant, hopeful and honest snapshot of how the work-life balance impacts American families and businesses. The film follows various American families from different socioeconomic backgrounds as they are forced to choose between the family they love and the job they need.

Legalize EqualityA brisk thirty minutes, this updated short film about the ERA makes the strong legal and economic argument for why completing ERA Ratification in these last two states is critical today, more than ever. Excerpted from the award-winning documentary, Equal Means Equal, with new footage and commentary, Legalize Equality streamlines the critical information necessary to put in the hands of the uneducated or skeptical. Making the case for ERA in a concise and compelling manner, this DVD is sure to help raise awareness and galvanize momentum to finish the job once and for all.

Additional Resources

The organizations listed below have missions that align to one or more of the MDWA mission and specifically to one or more items of the legislative platform. Their websites contain a vast amount of information and current status of issues we are all working on. 

Family Values at Work highlighs the human consequences of current workplace policies, and the promising practices of employers who support the dignity of their workers and staff through their workplace policies.

You will find articles and resources on leave time at work, other labor laws and work family balance and more.

The National Women's Law Center fights for gender justice-in the courts, in publis policy, and in our society-working across the issues that are central to the lives of women and girls.

You will find articles and resources on child care, health care and economic justice and more.

The Institute for Women's Policy Research is a leading national think tank that builds evidence to shape policies that grow women's power and influence, close inequality gaps, and improve the economic well-being of families.

You will find articles and resources on the wage gap, women in leadership, and more.

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