Overview: Whether it’s the #MeToo movement, women’s marches or an expanding bipartisan political movement for parental leave, equal pay and anti-sexual harassment legislation, women have been a huge driver of social and political change over the past couple of years. Increased political activism has also resulted in a record number of women filing to run for political office in 2018 at all levels of government. As a result, a record number of women will be elected. While these candidates are motivated by many different factors, recent polling indicates that the bundle of “women’s issues,” including equal pay (or pay equity), is likely to rank much higher on their political priority list regardless of party affiliation. This new environment will impact policy conversations and priorities for the foreseeable future.
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