Women Make Gains in California
California’s legislature: Led by women, passing laws to help women.
The California Legislature passed nine bills aimed directly or indirectly at “women’s” issues. Calling them women’s issues seems inaccurate since they are quite legitimately society’s issues.
California is just one state but it is actually larger than most nations on earth and in the United States, its policies have at times become national policies. These legislative acts are in a real way an historical landmark, a turning point. And this follows my recent theme of women’s issues being the most important ethics issues before us. This is a time in which real change can happen. Social change often takes place in leaps. There is rarely constant and continual social change on any issue. When it come to progress, women’s issues have come to the front only for a few years at a time often followed by a bitter reaction.
But if my classes are good examples, the young women of today are angry and aware. That’s a good combination. They’re going to make things happen and as women gain more power, there may well be a kind of snowball effect with change forcing more change, something we’ve never seen before. I’d like that.
A lot of these are business ethics issues, for instance, airports must have private spaces for breastfeeding and there will be three guaranteed paid sick days a year.
An appreciation of the talents, skills and rights of all members of humankind strikes me as a good rule for all business ethics.
From the article:
Here’s what passed:
A bill requiring the state’s commercial airports to offer a clean, private space for mothers to breastfeed or pump.
A bill barring the sterilization of prison inmates
A bill establishing timelines for local law enforcement to process rape kits.
A bill expanding the definition of the word “harm” for the purposes of a restraining order to include and protect minors who were present during an act of domestic violence.
A bill making it easier for pregnant graduate students to finish their studies.
A bill bolstering Title IX enforcement.
A bill strengthening the California attorney general’s oversight of hospital mergers (mergers that could limit access to abortion services).
A bill requiring colleges to adopt an “affirmative consent” model in their sexual assault policies.
A bill ensuring all California workers have the right to earn and use three paid sick days a year.