At the BPW Florida State Conference in June, 2023, the Proposed Public Policy was presented and approved. The new Public Policy for 2023 – 2024 is below:


Since the inception of BPW/FL in 1919, BPW/FL has always supported women’s rights. BPW/FL continues to support the ERA as a basic foundation of our Public Policy Platform, even as we understand that passing the ERA grows more difficult with the passage of time. BPW/FL firmly believes that equality of rights under the law should not be abridged or denied by the United States or by any state on account of sex, and the rights of women require constant vigilance.

Item 1: Economic Equity, Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency

BPW/FL supports public policies that:

  • ensure pay equity and equal employment opportunities for all women
  • promote opportunities for women-owned businesses
  • promote affordable, quality dependent care
  • promote Social Security and retirement reform options benefiting women
  • guarantee a workplace free from harassment and discrimination

Item 2: Health Care

BPW/Fl supports public policies that:

  • support the expansion of affordable care, including Medicaid, in Florida
  • support funding and initiatives the cover women’s health care needs
  • ensure women’s access to all health care and family planning needs, including full access to all forms of reproductive health services, education, and prescriptions

Item 3: Voting Right and Access

BPW/FL supports public policies that:

  • promote free and fair elections
  • are aimed at expanding voters’ access to the polls
  • are designed to protect the right of all American citizens to vote in fairly drawn legislative districts

Cynthia Fredricks

Cynthia Fredricks, Public Policy Chair

The Winter 2019 edition of The Florida Business Woman Public Policy Committee report included ERA Talking Points. The article talked about why we need the ERA. Listed below are just some of the points covered.

Without the ERA, the U.S. Constitution does not explicitly guarantee that the rights it protects are held equally by all citizens without regard to sex.

The ERA would provide a clearer judicial standard for deciding cases of sex discrimination. Not every state in the U.S. has ratified the ERA and therefore, federal and state courts are inconsistent in their rulings regarding claims of sexual discrimination.

The ERA would provide a strong legal defense against a rollback of the significant advances in women's rights that have been achieved since the mid-20th century.

The ERA would improve the United States standing in the world community with respect to human rights. The governing documents of many other countries affirm legal gender equality, however imperfect the global implementation of that ideal may be.

For more information, visit the Alice Paul Institute at

Cynthia Fredricks

Cynthia Fredricks, Public Policy Chair

Women's rights in the U.S. have made leaps and bounds since the passage of the 19th Amendment. Yet many women still struggle to break the glass ceiling because of unequal treatment in society. According to a recent study done by, we still have a long way to go.

In 2018, the U.S. failed to place in the top 10 - or even the top 40 - of the World Economic Forum's ranking of 149 countries based on gender equality. In fact, the U.S. dropped to 51st position from its previous rank 49th.

The workplace provides even more evidence of the issue. Despite their advances toward social equality, women are disproportionately underrepresented in leadership positions. Women make up more than 50% of the population. According to the American Association of University Women, women only constitute 25% of legislators and less than 29% of business executives.

Apart from unequal representation in executive leadership, salary inequity has been central to the gender-gap debate. Few experts dispute an earnings gap between women and men, but there's disagreement when it comes to the proper method of measuring that disparity. The fact remains, however, that nearly two-thirds of minimum-wage workers across the country are female, according to the National Women's Law Center. 

In next month's newsletter I'll share information from this study specific to where Florida ranks among the United States.

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