Reach out to your legislators about women’s representation right now!
HELP REACH GENDER PARITY IN THE LEGISLATURE!
HB51 & SF61 would all help women’s representation in the Wyoming Legislature.
HERE’S WHAT TO DO:
1. Find your Legislators:
Enter your address in the upper left corner. You can then click the district number to find your Legislators and their contact information.
2. Send each of your Legislators an email!
Use the tips and talking points below to craft your message. If you would like more information please don’t hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-721-8300.
HELPFUL TIPS TO WRITE YOUR EMAIL:
Please write in your own words so your Legislators know that you are a real person who cares about equal representation. Mention that you are a voting member of their District.
Your email subject could be something like: Vote YES on HB51 & SF61 to increase women’s representation in the legislature (Gillette voter)
Your message should be short and simple and contain three parts:
1. Say who you are.
Make sure to reiterate that you’re a Wyoming voter.
My name is ________ and I’m a voter from _______.
2. Say what you want.
Please vote “yes” on bills that would help increase women’s representation in the Wyoming Legislature, including HB51, SF61 & SF62.
3. Say why you want it.
[This is where you can add a sentence or two about why you think equal representation in the Wyoming Legislature is important.
Here are some talking points for you to consider:
- When women (of every political persuasion) participate in government, Wyoming wins. Women are more supportive of legislation that address issues that affect women and children. Women bring an important perspective to policy discussions (e.g., taxes on gendered products).
- Wyoming’s legislative salaries are among the lowest in the nation and are too low to cover legislator’s basic expenses. Wyoming women earn just $0.75 for every $1 men earn, leaving them with less discretionary income to supplement these low salaries.
- Childcare services are not available in the state capitol building adding an additional burden to parents who wish to serve as elected officials.
- In our Wyoming Women in Elected Roles Brief, we note that better pay for Legislators may be a vital step to encourage women to run for office. SF61- Legislator per diem. and HB51- Legislator constituent service allowance would provide a slight “raise” to Legislators, which would possibly make serving in office more feasible for Wyoming women.
- Two other bills, HB49 and SF62, which would have helped increase women’s representation in the Legislature, have failed already. We need these two bills!
Thank you for sPEAKing UP FOR WOMEN’S REPRESENTATION IN THE wyoming LEGISLATURE!
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