Women-Friendly Workplace Campaign
The following are some actions you can take as part of a women-friendly workplace campaign:
|Target a prominent business in your community and collect signatures
there. If there is a grocery store chain, department store or some other
business with lots of foot-traffic, get your clipboards out and ask people
to sign the Consumer's Pledge. Approach people
by asking if they support women's rights in the workplace. Those who do
will probably sign.
You can follow-up the signature drive by visiting the store's owner or manager. When you invite her/him to sign the Employer's Pledge, have a box full of pledges signed by her/his store's consumers.
If a company refuses to sign the pledge, distribute flyers warning consumers of the refusal. Don't call for a boycott. Simply provide consumers with information. It is especially effective to target companies that have questionable histories. If there is a business in your town or city that has had problems with sexual or racial harassment, sex or race discrimination or sexual assault, then ask that business to sign the pledge. If they refuse, spread the word! (Be sure to consult with someone in the Action Center before you proceed. Taking the time to consult with us will help chapters avoid legal problems and will help us identify companies that have complaints around the country.)
|Help people understand the magnitude of the problem by having a speak-out or by conducting a forum. Invite people from other community and civic organizations to attend. Be sure to ask everyone to sign the pledge. After hearing women's stories of workplace abuses, most people will feel compelled to sign the pledge and join the campaign.|
|Challenge your community's elected officials to sign the pledge. If they have offices and employees, they should sign. Those who refuse to sign should be targeted like any other business that refuses.|
|Organize a May Day rally during the first weekend in May. At the rally, highlight and congratulate those businesses that have signed the pledge or warn consumers about the businesses that have refused to sign. Have speakers talk about workplace abuses and remedies. And have people sign the consumer's pledge!|
|These are only a few suggestions. Use your imagination and organize actions that work for you.|
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