Many cabinet nominees have proven to be in opposition of laws and policies that help support and protect women. Among the most recent and controversial nominees are Senator Jeff Sessions nominated for Attorney General and Andrew F. Puzder nominated for Labor Secretary. Senator Sessions is strongly anti-abortion, anti-immigration, an opponent of LGBTQ rights, has a history of being on the wrong side of racial issues, and is a climate change denier. Puzder is an opponent of labor union organizing rights, a $15 minimum wage, paid sick days, and other important worker protections.
Because six out of ten minimum wage earners and 72% of workers earning the subminimum tipped wage in Maine are women, labor rights and workplace policies are incredibly important in protecting the economic security of women. Submitting op-eds and letters to the editor to local newspapers can help us get the word out to community members across the state and urge our DC delegation to vote “no” on both nominees. Have questions about writing op-eds or letters to the editor? Check out our Action Guide on the Maine Women’s Policy Center website.