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  • Writer's pictureNicole Vorrasi Bates

How You Made a Difference

December 31, 2022. Thank you to all of you who have generously supported Shattering Glass and our work to secure gender equality and provide a brighter future for generations to come.

Here are some of our accomplishments in 2022 made possible with your support:

  • Pitching media on the significance of the Illinois v. Ferriero case (where Illinois and Nevada have sued to compel publication of the Equal Rights Amendment (“ERA”), and Shattering Glass filed an amicus brief). Thus far, our efforts have resulted in two articles where our Executive director was quoted - a USA Today Article and a Women’s eNews Article – as well as a Washington Post Article and an Article by Maura Casey, lifelong feminist, journalist, writer, former member of the NYT Editorial Board and so much more.

  • Co-Leading the National ERA Publication Task Force, a collection of activists and women’s rights organizations working to enshrine the ERA as the 28th Amendment to our Constitution.

  • Educating members of the US Senate on the significance of ERA publication, and its impact on the ability to protect reproductive rights for all Americans. Securing multiple meetings with the following Senators and/or their counsel and chief policy director: Senators Blumenthal, Klobuchar, Cortez Masto, Durbin, Smith, Baldwin, Cardin, Duckworth, Sinema, Whitehouse and Rosen. Our earlier efforts resulted in this letter from Senators Blumenthal, Klobuchar, and Cortez Masto and Congresswomen Maloney and Spier urging publication of the ERA.

  • Securing meetings with White House Counsel, educating on the significance of ERA publication and its impact on preserving reproductive rights, as well as advocating for its immediate publication.

  • Launching an information campaign on how the ERA is currently the 28th Amendment and is the most powerful tool available to protect reproductive rights and working to build a cacophony of voices, including:

    • Regular meetings with the Chiefs of Staff, Chief Counsels, and/or Chief Policy Directors of the Governors of Illinois, California, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Michigan, Maine and Wisconsin. At their request, we drafted a letter, which remains under consideration, for them to send to President Biden urging immediate publication of the ERA.

    • Multiple meetings with medical associations most impacted by the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, educating on how the ERA is the most powerful tool available to protect reproductive rights and alleviate the strains on the healthcare systems and medical professional that continue to perform abortions.

    • Meeting with leaders of the national AFL-CIO. Our partners have already secured resolutions from the Los Angeles Federation of Labor and the Nevada AFL-CIO.

  • Our Executive Director participated on a panel, “Girls in Sports: Opportunities and Challenges,” sponsored by Good Sports and discussed gender equity in youth sports.

Looking forward to 2023, and with your support, we will continue and expand our efforts with respect to the ERA will be increasing efforts address the gender pay gap, including access to affordable, quality childcare, paid leave and pay transparency.

We are very encouraged to see some state and local jurisdictions recently taking excellent first steps toward pay transparency, which is essential to eliminating the gender pay gap, by enacting salary range disclosure requirements.

However, there is so much more that needs to be done, including eliminating the use of nondisclosure and confidentiality agreements and mandatory arbitration for workplace discrimination claims. These provisions enable employers to discriminate without impunity and must be prohibited. In the current political environment, our focus will be at the state and local level. While this will be more labor intensive, our likelihood of success for women will be far greater.

We hope you will consider donating today.

In solidarity,

Nicole Vorrasi Bates

Executive Director, Shattering Glass


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