15 Reasons to Support the Maine Women’s Lobby in 2015

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29 Jan 2015
  • Women are 51% of the population, but are underrepresented at every level of government where policy decisions that affect our lives are made.
  • On the first day of the new Congressional session, the majority party chose to fight for restrictions on abortion services as its top priority.
  • And once again we need to fight bad bills in the Maine legislature that would restrict access to abortion.
  • Last year we helped defeat a dangerous bill that would have allowed people to use their religious beliefs to break laws meant to protect us all. It’s back.
  • Nearly 70,000 Maine people still can’t access the health care they need because obstructive politicians chose ideology over good health and economic common sense. But there’s still time for Maine to act.
  • Too many politicians and people in the media use stereotypes and anecdotes to talk about policies that affect women and children living in poverty rather than looking at the real people struggling to get by.
  • In Maine, more than 6 in 10 minimum wage workers are women and they need a raise.
  • More than 80% of low-wage workers can’t earn a single paid sick day – most are women who have frequent public contact in jobs such as food service, child care, elder care, and retail.
  • Only 12% of the American workforce has access to paid leave.
  • While the data overwhelmingly demonstrates the importance of early childhood programs, more than 11,000 Maine kids do not have access to Head Start due to underfunding.
  • Too many women and children still can’t live their lives free from violence.
  • Sexual assaults happen every day, and too often our culture blames the victims rather than the perpetrators.
  • Maine is the only state in New England that doesn’t have a policy against shackling pregnant inmates.
  • Maine women only earn 79 cents for every dollar made by their male counterparts.
  • We’re your voice in the halls of the statehouse and beyond when decisions about issues like these are being made.

For over 35 years, we’ve stood up for a full range of issues that affect the lives of women and our families. Your gift of $15 for 2015 will help make sure we continue to be your voice when the future of Maine women and girls is on the line.

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Become a Loyal Lobbyist and support our work all year long.  It’s simple. Make a recurring donation of $5, $15, $25 or whatever fits your budget. Just select ‘recurring donation’ when you make your gift online, or call 207-622-0851 x2 to talk to someone about your gift.

Thank you for your support!

Eliza, Danna, Kathy, and Molly


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