Unlike Congress, we’re keeping our 2022 resolutions

Take action with us on many of these issues at our Action Center, where you can email, tweet at, or call your representatives.

ERA’s 2022 Resolutions

  1. Support working parents and caregivers. Despite the lessons of this pandemic, many workers still can’t take a single sick or bereavement day off without risking their job and their family’s livelihood. We resolve to ensure lawmakers pass job-protected and paid family, sick, and bereavement leave for all. We’ll push to the finish line pending bills to end discrimination based on caregiver status, which has pushed so many from the workplace in recent years.
  2. Increase childcare options. Working parents are struggling right now. We need to increase childcare subsidies and increase funding to childcare providers, which will attract new candidates to this desperately understaffed field.
  3. Improve job quality for all workers. This means equal pay for equal work, raising the minimum wage, and abolishing the subminimum poverty wage of just $2.13 per hour for tipped workers — ending a vestige of slavery that plagues women of color nationwide. We must end workplace harassment and violence, and require robust health and safety protections for all workers, including those who have been essential during the pandemic.
  4. Increase women’s participation in high wage, high skill fields. Only 6.5% of women work full-time in male-dominated occupations ranging from finance to mechanical engineering and construction (where it has remained under 3% for decades). We must address discrimination in these fields and support bold financial investments in skills training and apprenticeships for women, like those proposed in the Build Back Better plan.
  5. Defend Roe. On Jan. 22, we celebrated the 49th anniversary of our right to abortion — to decide what happens to our own bodies and futures. Let’s make sure Roe makes it to 50, and pass the Women’s Health Protection Act to protect the right to abortion nationwide.
  6. Increase the number of Black women and other underrepresented people as federal court judges. Supreme Court threats to cases like Roe v. Wade confirm the danger of a federal judiciary that is two-thirds men and 80% white. President Biden has nominated 8 Black women to 13 appellate courts. With 5 already confirmed, we are on route to doubling their representation on the federal bench. The court’s legitimacy depends on it.
  7. Protect the power of our vote. A working and fair democracy is required for all of these resolutions. We commit to the fight to block voter suppression laws and unlawful gerrymandering, and we will not rest until Senate filibustering is replaced with meaningful lawmaking reflecting our values.
  8. Increase the number of Black women and other underrepresented people as federal court judges. Supreme Court threats to cases like Roe v. Wade confirm the danger of a federal judiciary that is two-thirds men and 80% white. President Biden has nominated 8 Black women to 13 appellate courts. With five already confirmed, we are on route to doubling their representation on the federal bench. Next up? The appointment of another exemplary woman of color to the U.S. Supreme Court in light of the retirement announcement of Justice Breyer. The Court’s legitimacy depends on it.

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Noreen Farrell

Noreen Farrell

Executive Director, Equal Rights Advocates; Chair, Equal Pay Today! Campaign; Chair, Stronger California; Founding Partner, Women’s Wealth Gap Initiative