State lawmakers are failing to prioritize public policies that will advance and improve the lives of women and families across the state, according to a new 2015 Legislative Session report card that NC Women United unveiled yesterday at the North Carolina General Assembly. They called upon lawmakers to enact public policies during the Short Session that truly support women and families.
After each Long Session, NCWU and its members compile a report card detailing how the policy goals that are featured in their biennial Legislative Agenda fared. These policy goals aim to remedy the challenges that women face by expanding economic opportunity, access to health care, ending violence against women, and increasing civic participation and equality.
Twenty-two of their thirty-five policy goals received a “Very Bad” grade. The report card scores each policy goal along a spectrum of five grades: Very Good; Mostly Good but Mixed; Mixed; Mostly Bad but Mixed; and Very Bad.
“North Carolina women deserve policies that address the realities of the issues they face, rather than policies based on myths and stereotypes,” said Tara Romano, President of NCWU. “We are confident, however, that there are ways we can make progress in the coming Short Session. We hope lawmakers will listen to women’s voices and take action that will benefit women and families across our state.”