Legislative Advocacy at IGNITE

Politics is personal. Political power includes amplifying voice and perspective to advocate for the issues you care most about. Via IGNITE young women receive training and hands-on advocacy experience. Participants learn:

  • the basics of why it is critical their voice is heard,
  • how to be an effective advocate, and
  • the ins and outs of their local and states’ lawmaking process.

 

IGNITE young women are championing policies that:

  • Protect women's rights
  • Maximize voter participation
  • Champion civic education for all students

 

Join youth-driven campaigns across the country.


IGNITE the Capitol Advocacy Days

IGNITE’s 2021 legislative advocacy season is going virtual to keep you and our community healthy. Just because we can’t visit state capitols across America doesn’t mean the work stops.

Join us for a virtual IGNITE the Capitol, where you’ll become an expert in digital advocacy and learn to use your political power in new ways. You'll learn:

  • the basics of why it is critical their voice is heard,
  • how to be an effective advocate, and
  • the ins and outs of their local and states’ lawmaking process.

 

IGNITE the Capitol: National

February 2, 2021 | Virtual

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IGNITE the Capitol: Ohio

February 4, 2021 | Virtual

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IGNITE the Capitol: Georgia

February 9, 2021 | Virtual

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IGNITE the Capitol: Minnesota

February 11, 2021 | Virtual

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IGNITE the Capitol: Pennsylvania

February 17, 2021 | Virtual

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IGNITE the Capitol: New York

February 18, 2021 | Virtual

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IGNITE the Capitol: Texas

February 20 and 23, 2021 | Virtual

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IGNITE the Capitol: Nevada

February 26, 2021 | Virtual 

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IGNITE the Capitol: California

March 3, 2021 | Virtual

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Past Efforts & Success Stories

2019-2020 Program Year 

California ACA-4 Elections: Voting age - This bill will extend voting rights to 17-year-olds who will turn 18 by the general election. This bill passed both the Assembly and the Senate and is currently on the ballot for November's election as Proposition 18. 

California AB732: Ensures the reproductive dignity of incarcerated people by requiring jails and prisons to provide reproductive health care and accommodations - This bill was approved by both chambers and is awaiting signature by the Governor's Office.

California Assembly Bill 963 - Public postsecondary education: Student Civic and Voter Empowerment Act This bill will become law. Learn more.

Washington SB5147 - Tampon Tax IGNITE young women have been working on eliminating the Tampon Tax in Washington State since 2019. The bill successfully passed the House and the Senate in March and was signed into law by the Governor's Office in April 2020. Learn more.

Massachusetts H.639|S.408 -  IGNITE college women advocated for H.639|S.408, an Act supporting parents running for public office. Our Boston Fellow Anna Del Castillo had the opportunity to testify in favor of this bill in 2019. This bill has made significant progress since then, and it is currently pending in the Joint Committee on Election Laws. 

California Assembly Bill 31: Tampon Tax - California IGNITE young women are fierce advocates of AB31, a bill to eliminate the Tampon Tax in California. The tampon tax exemption was included in the Governor's budget again this year and extended through 2027.

2018-2019 Program Year

Colorado Senate Bill 7: Prevent Sexual Misconduct at Higher Ed Campuses This bill has been signed by the Governor. Campuses will have until August 2020 to adopt sexual misconduct policy for enrolled students. Learn more

California Assembly Bill 31: Tampon Tax The bill will move forward in the legislative process but the Governor has included funding for the exemption in the May Revision of the budget proposal, a good sign for the tax exemption to become law in June when the Governor signs the budget bill. The tampon tax exemption was included in the budget, not AB 31 specifically. Learn more.

Texas House Bill 375: Voting Accessibility for College Students The bill was referred to the elections committee but never received a hearing before the deadlines. IGNITE women will continue to advocate for voter access in Texas and in the interim will continue to educate legislators and community members. Learn more.