Legislative Advocacy at IGNITE

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

Join us to show your political power! This includes amplifying your voices and perspectives to advocate for issues you care most about. IGNITE the Capitol participants must participate in a training in advance of the capitol visit. Contact the team member listed on the event to learn more about the pre-training. 

IGNITE the Capitol: California

March 15, 2021 | California State Capitol, Sacramento, CA

Registration opens January 1, 2021

IGNITE the Capitol: Texas

Spring 2021 | Texas State Capitol, Austin, TX

Registration opens January 1, 2021

IGNITE City Hall: New York City

Spring 2021 | New York City Hall, Manhattan, NY

Registration opens January 1, 2021 

IGNITE the Capitol: Georgia

Spring 2021  | Georgia State Capitol, Atlanta, GA

 Registration opens January 1, 2021

IGNITE the Capitol: Washington, D.C.

Spring 2021  | Washington, D.C. 

 Registration opens January 1, 2021

Current Advocacy Efforts

National

  • H.R.2048: The Pink Tax Repeal Act, which would prohibit manufacturers and retailers from inflating the price of products for women over that of similar products for men.
  • H.R.1882: Menstrual Equity For All Act of 2019
  • H.R.2043: Menstrual Hygiene Products in Federal Buildings Act

 

Alabama

  • HB237: Requires K-12 to provide feminine hygiene products in women's restrooms at no cost to students.
  • HJR97: Ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.
  • SB110: Requires installation and maintenance of baby diaper changing stations in public accommodations and facilities operated by public utilities.

 

Arizona

  • HB2883: Requires schools that serve students of grade six or higher to make feminine hygiene products available in all women’s and gender-neutral restrooms at the school. 
  • SCR1001: Ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America

 

 California

  • AB31: Repeals the tax on menstrual products through 2027. California IGNITE young women are fierce advocates of AB31. This bill has successfully passed the State Assembly and is now pending in the State Senate. 
  • AB732: Ensures the reproductive dignity of incarcerated people by requiring jails and prisons to provide reproductive health care and accommodations.
  • AB2003: Requires free menstrual products in community college bathrooms.
  • SB493: Requires a postsecondary institution that receives state funds, including funds for student financial assistance, to comply with requirements relating to the protection of students from, and providing students with procedural protections relating to complaints of, sexual harassment.
 

 Colorado

  • HB20-1128: Protects survivors' rights to rape kit evidence.
  • HB20-1131: Provides menstrual hygiene products in schools program.
 

 Florida

  • SB1838: Requires certain women inmates within the state correctional system who have newborn children to be allowed specified visitation and physical touch privileges with their newborn children.

 

Georgia

  • HB8: Creates an exemption from state sales and use tax for certain menstrual products.
  • HB5: Prohibits an employer from relying upon salary history information when making certain decisions about an applicant during the hiring process.

 

Illinois

  • HB0922: Provides that a school district shall make feminine hygiene products available, at no cost to students, in each bathroom of every school building.
  • SB1707: Amends the Equal Pay Act of 2003, and prohibits an employer from screening job applicants based on their wage or salary history.

 

Massachusetts

  • H.4153 | S.1878: An Act to ensure gender parity on public boards and commissions.
  • H.639 | S.408: An Act supporting parents running for public office by allowing campaign funds to be used for childcare.
  • H.4293: An Act concerning disposable menstrual products in schools.

 

Michigan

  • HB4165: Eliminates the sales tax on feminine hygiene products.

 

Minnesota

  • HF1951: Requires campus sexual assault policies affirmative consent standards.
  • SF1307: Provides clarification on sexual harassment definition.

 

North Carolina

 

New York

  • S517B: Relates to equality of rights and protection against discrimination

 

Ohio

  • SB91: Establishes family and medical leave insurance benefits.
  • SB92: Revises enforcement of prohibitions against wage discrimination. 
  • SB117: Requires hospitals to provide certain services to sexual assault victims. 
 

Pennsylvania

  • SB956: An Act providing for the provision of disposable menstrual products
 

Tennessee

 

Washington State

  • SB5147: Bill aimed to eliminate the sales tax on feminine hygiene products passed. Call the Governor at (360) 902-4111 to have the bill signed into law. 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.
 

Wisconsin

  • SB676: Eliminates the sales tax on feminine hygiene products and diapers.

Past Efforts & Success Stories

2019-2020 Program Year

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. This bill has successfully passed the State Assembly and is now pending in the State Senate. 

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.