The Indivisible: Conejo Women’s Rights Issue Action Team is dedicated to protecting women’s rights, combating institutionalized misogyny, and working to advance the equality of all women in the United States. The Trump Administration has shown disdain for women and has repeatedly taken steps to translate that disdain into harmful legislation that would roll back decades of progress towards gender equality, and disproportionately impact the most vulnerable among us. The team therefore is committed to fiercely combating the administration’s legislative attacks on women’s rights, as well as the misogynistic viewpoints that they consistently promote with their words and actions.

We strongly believe that women’s rights cannot be addressed effectively without taking into account other societal factors, such as race, economic disparity, sexual orientation, able-bodiedness, gender identity, etc. Our goal is to to raise up the voices of all women in the Conejo Valley, especially the voices of marginalized women. We strive to build a diverse and inclusive movement that represents all individuals who identify as women.

We commit to:

  • Fighting for universal access to health care, particularly as it relates to reproductive care, preventative care, and family health.

  • Promoting true equality of women in the workplace.

  • Working to elect women with progressive values to positions of leadership on local, state, and federal levels.

  • Combating rape culture and institutionalized misogyny by holding our representatives accountable for their sexist words, behavior, and legislation.

  • Supporting survivors of rape, domestic violence, and human trafficking.


BACKGROUND

Access to Health and Reproductive Care

We advocate for universal access to affordable healthcare, specifically reproductive care including birth control, STI testing and treatment, prenatal and postnatal maternal care, and abortion, as well as preventative care including cancer screenings and comprehensive sex education in schools and communities. In addition, any replacement for the Affordable Care Act must include a mandate for insurance companies to cover women’s healthcare.

Republican efforts in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid benefits almost certainly will adversely affect women -- especially women of color, immigrants, and poor women -- and we commit to oppose any proposal that makes universal access to affordable healthcare difficult for these groups.

We stand with Planned Parenthood, a community organization that provides essential healthcare to women, and oppose its potential defunding.

We will actively fight against House Resolution 1313, which would oblige employees to undergo genetic testing and disclose their results, as a gross invasion of privacy that would disproportionately affect women.

We oppose the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, whose record betrays a lack of support for women's healthcare. In addition, we recognize the important precedent set by Roe v. Wade and firmly believe that overturning this landmark decision will have disastrous consequences for the rights of women.


Women in the Workplace

Women must be treated as equals in the workplace, and receive equal pay for equal work. Women in the workforce earn approximately 80 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts. This gap is wider for minority women, especially Hispanic or Latinx and African-American women. We support The Paycheck Fairness Act, a proposed US labor law that would add procedural protections to the Equal Pay Act of 1963, as part of an effort to narrow the gender pay gap.

We will work in support of legislation that ensures both women and men are able to meet the needs of their children and family members without risking harassment or the loss of pay or status in the workplace. This includes the Family and Medical Leave Act, which helps employees avoid losing their job to care for a child or family member.

We also aim to raise public awareness around sexual harassment and the challenge this poses for women in the workplace. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature can create an intimidating, hostile, or unsafe work environment for women, and this limits women’s ability to participate fully and equally in the workplace.


Electing Women to Leadership Positions

Only 19.4% of congresspeople are women, and the percentage is significantly smaller for women of color. We firmly believe that the best way to change legislation that affects women is to elect more female representatives who will propose, and vote for, legislation that addresses and advocates for women’s issues. We therefore intend to support national and state-level candidates endorsed by progressive organizations such as Emily’s List.

We recognize that women in these positions often start their civil service careers on school boards and city councils; we must therefore actively support and promote awareness of progressive female candidates in our local community. We will do this by participating in local politics and elections, raising awareness around our community leaders’ positions on women’s issues, and working to replace officials who do not respect women’s autonomy.

It is important that we acknowledge that the administration is not simply reflecting the views of the President, but that there are many in this administration who actively do not support equality for women. For example, the Vice President wants to defund Planned Parenthood, co-sponsored a bill that would allow a hospital to deny abortion to women who would die without the care, and co-sponsored “personhood” legislation giving full and equal rights to a fertilized egg. Our goal is to educate Indivisible: Conejo members about legislation affecting women, and ask for their help to combat laws that suppress women.

 

Rape Culture and Violence Against Women

We are faced with a president who has openly admitted to sexual assault and regularly displays disrespectful and contemptuous attitudes towards women. This sends the message that misogynist behavior is acceptable and will not incur just or effective consequences, thereby promoting rape culture and making our society less safe for women. Nearly 20% of women in the U.S. have been raped at some point in their lives, while 1 in 3 women has experienced physical domestic violence at the hands of an intimate partner.

The Trump Administration’s legislation has concrete impacts on women’s safety, as evidenced by the fact that increased deportation raids have caused a steep decline in domestic violence reports within immigrant communities, due to victims being afraid to come forward for fear of deportation. We refuse to sit idly by while sexual harassment, assault, and domestic violence are condoned and exacerbated by our elected officials. We intend to do everything in our power to support victims of violence against women, as well as ensure that resources to support survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, and rape remain intact under the new administration.

“Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.”
— Hillary Clinton