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Act breaks barriers for women’s economic progress

To the editor:

The Minnesota House of Representatives recently voted on the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA). This included several initiatives intended to break down barriers to economic progress that face women.

Highlights of WESA include:

• Decreasing the gender pay gap through the participation of women in high-wage, high-demand nontraditional work and supporting growth for women-owned small businesses.

• Increasing unpaid parental leave for pregnancy and providing reasonable accommodations for pregnant and nursing employees.

• Banning punishment against employees who discuss how much they make.

• Expanding access to high-quality, affordable child care.

• Enhancing protections for victims of domestic violence.

To me, this is a sensible and progressive step forward for Minnesota women. I was disappointed to find out Representative Franson cast a “no” vote for WESA. In November, we need to vote for a representative who is willing to create a better, fairer place to work and live for Minnesota women.