Advocacy

Based on themes that emerged from the 2017 Listening Tour, the Women in the Workplace: Employment Scorecard initiative, and a report completed by graduate students at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, WFSTL has developed a policy agenda to help further our work in advocacy for women in the St. Louis region.  As part of this agenda, WFSTL has prioritized the following areas:

Address economic exploitation of families in poverty by regulating payday loan interest rates

Expand access to jobs and fair wages by: addressing the gendered wage gap, increasing the Missouri minimum wage, and eliminating barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated workers

Increase support for working families through: promoting paid family leave at the employer level, equal hiring practices for mothers, and access to affordable, quality child care

Our advocacy activities since adopting this agenda:

  • Took an official stance in support of Missouri Prop B, which was successfully passed to raise Missouri’s minimum wage

  • Co-sponsored the 2019 Women’s March in St. Louis

  • Testified at Missouri House hearing against bill to decrease protections covered by Prop B

  • Co-sponsored the City of St. Louis President of Board of Aldermen debate, and raised questions on economic success for women, payday lending, and child care

  • Submitted written testimony in support of SB178 to provide unpaid leave for domestic violence victims

  • Co-sponsored, spoke at, and participated in the ERA Lobby Day in Jefferson City

  • Participated in the Missouri Women’s Network Lobby Day

As part of our advocacy work, the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis is grateful to have built relationships with key legislators and allies, including:

Senator Jill Schupp
Representative Tracy McCreery
Mayor Lyda Krewson
County Executive Sam Page
Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia
Alderwoman Megan Green
St. Louis County Planning and Zoning
Southside Early Childhood Center
Missouri Jobs with Justice
National Council of Jewish Women
American Association of University Women
Women’s Foundation in Kansas City
Metropolitan Congregations United
Clark-Fox Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis

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