The current political landscapes in Wisconsin and on the federal level present unique and urgent challenges for women’s health advocates. Advocates and allies for women’s health will have to work diligently, collaboratively, and creatively to oppose the many harmful policies that will certainly be introduced that will undermine the health and economic security of women in Wisconsin and our nation.
While we must acknowledge the reality and urgency of our current political situation, we also believe we need to take the initiative to build a bold and positive policy vision that, if enacted, would help Wisconsin women and girls realize their optimal health, safety, and economic security. A women’s health policy agenda has to involve more than just mobilizing against ideas we oppose. Such an agenda must also include an inspiring vision that will energize advocates, the general public, and supportive elected officials behind proactive policies that would result in real improvements to the lives of women and girls in Wisconsin.
It is with framework in mind that the Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health (WAWH) presents A Proactive Policy Prescription to Improve the Health and Well Being of Women and Girls in Wisconsin. So, whether you work for an advocacy organization, are an elected official, a member of the media, or a concerned member of the public who cares about women’s health, please take a moment to check out this guide to see what we can do to improve the status of women and girls in Wisconsin.
Each individual policy prescription is written to be accessible to members of the general public and others who might not have any particular expertise on a particular issue.
For readers who might be interested in learning more about a specific issue, each prescription contains a link to a more detailed issue brief that provides lengthier descriptions of the issue, additional statistics, and a list of other informational resources that readers can access to further inform themselves about the topic. We believe that these more in-depth policy briefs will be of great value to legislative offices and advocacy organizations that wish to dive a bit deeper into a particular issue. You can access a full compendium of the detailed issue briefs here.
WAWH would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the organizations that provided crucial expertise and feedback regarding the wide array of issues included this project. While these organizations provided invaluable insights, their inclusion in this list is not meant to indicate that they endorse the contents of this manual:
African American Breastfeeding Network
Community Coordinated Childcare Care, Inc. (4-C)
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Jobs Now!
End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin
The Public Policy Institute
The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families
The Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault
The Wisconsin Early Childhood Association
The Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition
Click the following link to view a complete PDF version of the prescription: A Proactive Policy Prescription to Improve the Health and Well Being of Women and Girls in Wisconsin
Click the following link to access a PDF version of the full compendium of more detailed issue briefs: Proactive Policy Prescription Issue Brief Compendium
Our Policy Rx
If our leaders truly want to improve the health and lives of Wisconsin women and girls, they should: