The Biden Administration’s First 100 Days: A Call To Support Women Workers of Color & Civil Rights for Students

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Introduction: Our Priorities

The First 100 Days

  1. We call upon the Biden Administration to do all within the federal government’s power to stop the spread of COVID-19 with federal programs accelerating all Americans’ vaccination, including essential women workers of color. ERA strongly supports the Biden Administration’s plan to vaccinate 100 million people in 100 days, including using the Defense Production Act to ramp up the vaccine’s distribution.
    ✓ Executive Orders signed by President Biden 1/21/21.
  2. Through executive action and/or work with Congress on a comprehensive COVID relief and economic stimulus package, we urge the Biden Administration to, at a minimum:
  • Extend emergency paid sick days and paid family leave for workers not already protected.
  • Increase Income supports, like the Economic Impact Payments and temporary expansions to the Earned Income Tax Credit (outlined in the revised HEROES Act, passed by the House of Representatives in 2020)
  • Restore the expansion of Unemployment Insurance benefits (which expired in July 2020) as needed until widespread job security increases.
  • Increase funding for nutrition programs (including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and housing assistance programs (e.g., rental/mortgage assistance, eviction moratorium, and homelessness alleviation)
  • Provide immediate relief to child care providers and families, including strong support of the Child Care is Essential Act calling for $50+ billion in funding to stabilize the child care sector, prevent permanent closures — and keep women in the workforce who rely on this childcare.
  1. We ask that the Biden Administration immediately repeal all unfair and discriminatory executive orders of the Trump Administration harming essential women workers, including immigrant women workers and their families. These include:
  • EO 13673 (Trump 2017) reversed requirements of pay transparency of federal contractors. It removed bans of forced arbitration for victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and discrimination.
  • EO 13950 (Trump 2020) banned implicit bias & diversity training by federal contractors and subcontractors.
    Executive Order to end this ban signed by President Biden 1/20/21.
  • EO 13769 (Trump 2017) banned Muslim immigrant travel to the United States.
    Executive Order to end this ban signed by President Biden 1/20/21.
  • Protecting the rights of Domestic Workers and any other worker excluded from labor and employment protections, consistent with the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights
  • Raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour and abolishing the federal subminimum wage of $2.13 per hour for tipped workers, including support for the Raise the Wage Act (passed by the House of Representatives in July 2019)
  • Closing the gender and race wage gap, including passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act passed by the House in March 2019.
  • Ending workplace harassment, including passage of the BE HEARD in the Workplace Act and the EMPOWER Act.
  • Explicitly extending federal civil rights protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity, as outlined in the House’s Equality Act in May 2019.
    Executive Order to enforce these protections signed by President Biden 1/20/21.
  • Ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment of the United States Constitution
  • Closely follow 187 expert organizations’ recommendations, set forth here: Child Care and Early Learning: Addressing the Urgent Crisis and Investing in the Future.
  • Ensure immediate relief to child care providers and families, including strong support of the Child Care is Essential Act calling for funding to stabilize the child care sector and prevent permanent closures.
  • Immediately introduce comprehensive legislation and budget investments to ensure quality and affordable child care and fairer compensation for the childcare workforce.
  • Support Fairness for Pregnant Workers, including passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (passed by House in September 2019)
  • Provide partial wage replacement for workers who take time off to care for themselves and their family members, as outlined in the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act and the Healthy Family Act, previously considered by the House.
  • Protect employees with caregiving responsibilities, including the Protecting Family Caregivers from Discrimination Act
  • Action consistent with these recommendations by Equal Rights Advocates and more than 100 other civil rights organizations and survivor advocates made in December 2020, calling for strengthened Title IX enforcement, increased support and resources for anti-sexual harassment, support of federal legislation protecting student survivors and preventing sexual harassment in schools, and improved data collection by the Department of Education.
  • Prompt drafting of new regulations under Title IX and immediate issuance of interim guidance to return to Obama-era standards for how colleges respond to sexual misconduct. These actions would rescind DeVos-era Title IX guidance that opened the door to cross-examinations, adversarial live hearings, witness testimonies for student complainants of sexual misconduct claims, and a burden of proof more suited to criminal court than student misconduct proceedings.
  • Commitment to return the Office for Civil Rights to its original purpose — to ensure equal access to education without vulnerable students being forced to drop out or abandon their educational goals because their schools refused to keep them safe.

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We are civil rights champions, fighting since 1974 to expand and protect the opportunities of all women and girls.