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March 5, 2011

Reproductive Justice

The freedom to decide whether and when to become a parent is a private and personal matter. It is a fundamental right of all women, regardless of age and economic circumstances. The Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee encourages the non-judgmental provision of medical advice and services so that women can make informed decisions. SBWPC believes that a woman’s decisions concerning her reproductive health care rest with her alone. We support: The right of every woman to decide if & when she will have children; The right of every woman to have an array of options to become a parent, including adoption, foster parenting, fertility & surrogacy; Ensuring that the reproductive choices of economically vulnerable women are not exploited; Comprehensive and […]
March 4, 2011

Women in the Workplace

Work is vital to a woman’s financial independence, socio-economic advancement and personal dignity. Women have the right to equal opportunity and equal pay in all aspects of employment. Currently, women earn just 76% of men’s average wages, even though they work longer hours (factoring in non-compensated domestic work). We support: Equal pay for equal work policies; Initiatives to ensure safe, healthy, and secure working conditions, and abolishment of “sweatshop” labor practices; A living wage; Comprehensive, affordable and quality health-care benefits and retirement plans that meet the needs of working women and their families; Expansion of current medical and family care leave benefits, including granting additional leave time, allowing the use of paid leave benefits, and expanding the definition of family; […]