Presenting Our Voter Handbook
Released on National Voter Registration Day, The Womanifesto Voter Handbook Proposes Policy Solutions, Action Steps to Strengthen Colorado
Although Colorado has the nation’s leading economy and women comprise 46 percent of the state’s workforce, women in Colorado are more likely to live in poverty than men, and poverty rates are higher for women than men at every level of educational attainment. To addresses disparities such as these, on National Voter Registration Day The Women’s Foundation of Colorado released a voter handbook — The Womanifesto — to educate policymakers and community members about advancing women’s economic security and provide nonpartisan policy solutions to strengthen Colorado’s economy by improving opportunities for women and families.
The sorts of changes we’re advocating for matter to women at every economic level as we strive for greater economic security — from child care provider to cashier to CEO – Louise Myrland
“The sorts of changes we’re advocating for matter to women at every economic level as we strive for greater economic security — from child care provider to cashier to CEO,” said Louise Myrland, vice president of programs for WFCO. “Everyone benefits when all Colorado women have access to the tools to thrive and resources to enter, remain, and succeed in their careers.”
The Womanifesto outlines a number of specific policy solutions, including improving access to and affordability of high-quality child care, ensuring all workers can access paid medical and family leave, improving wage standards and transparency, and investing in education and job skills training.
The voter handbook includes action steps for voters and policymakers who want to effect change to strengthen Colorado. It encourages Coloradans to learn about the issues and apply that knowledge as voters; to share The Womanifesto and encourage friends, family, neighbors, and networks to register and be informed voters; and to connect with their elected officials to elevate these issues and policy solutions.
The Womanifesto voter handbook is just one of WFCO’s nonpartisan community civic engagement and advocacy tools, which also include educational events and a lobby day. Voters can access The Womanifesto online at: www.wfco.org/womanifesto.