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May 13, 2015
Why do we engage in public policy? It is the most direct route for The Women's Foundation of Colorado to drive systemic change for Colorado women and girls.
We engage annually in public policy by monitoring legislation and supporting bills that have a direct effect on women and girls being able to achieve economic self-sufficiency. This year, we actively supported three bills that aligned closely to our focus areas of helping girls graduate, enabling women and girls to pursue careers in STEM fields, and empowering low-income single mothers through job training and education. We met with legislators, shared our research and testified in the House and Senate.
The most positive outcome from the session was the introduction of the Workforce Development Package, which included 10 bills focused on increasing the pipeline for students to move from high school or college graduation directly into jobs that certain industries have had a hard time filling. Excluding this package, however, the majority of bills that could have helped advance the economic status of women and girls in Colorado did not pass.
We supported two other successful bills to help advance women's economic self-sufficiency, including:
Our work does not end because the legislative session is over. We will continue to advocate for and motivate deeper engagement to positively affect outcomes for women and families throughout the state. Over the next several months, we plan to connect with legislators to create and strengthen relationships and ensure elected officials are aware of our priorities.
We will continue to provide grants to nonprofits organizations that promote policy to positively impact women and girls throughout Colorado. Thank you to our 2015 partners Bell Policy Center, Colorado Children's Campaign, and Colorado Center on Law and Policy.
While we work at a statewide level to advance systemic change, we are proud to support our community partners who are providing important, on-the-ground services, such as high-quality after-school programs or job training education to ensure that all women and girls reach their full potential.
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