Women’s Equality Day
This past Monday marked Women’s Equality Day, when 99 years ago women earned the right to vote. The struggle for full equality continues, though, with women facing discrimination in the workplace, health care, education, and elsewhere. This session, the Legislature approved a bill to let Minnesotans vote on adding the Equal Rights Amendment to our state constitution. Although the Senate blocked Minnesotans from getting to make this choice, I refuse to give up until gender equality becomes the law of the land in our state.
We did make progress in other areas, and I’m proud of several pieces of legislation to address sexual assault and other gender-based violence that were signed into law. One of these bills created a working group to comprehensively review and make recommendations for updates to our state’s criminal sexual conduct statutes. Ensuring justice for victims of these crimes is critical.
The working group recently held its first meeting and I had the opportunity to thank the members for stepping up to serve. Members come from a diverse set of backgrounds and include survivors, advocates, prosecutors, and others. I’m hopeful this group will reach consensus and deliver some good recommendations to the Legislature to improve opportunities for victims and survivors to seek justice.