THE GENDER LENS PROJECT
The Gender Lens Project is a partnership between Equality State Policy Center (ESPC) and the Wyoming Women's Action Network (WWAN). It is designed to change our policy conversations and improve state-level decision making by emphasizing the contributions of women in the state’s economy and in local communities. This project will build on ESPC’s capacity for policy analysis, statewide outreach, and WWAN's expertise in gender issues, equal representation, and equitable policymaking. The result will be the original content and new conversations that highlight where women are – and are not – included in key conversations and policy in the Equality State.
When women thrive, communities thrive
Economic security is a critical part of women’s overall well-being. It contributes directly to our educational attainment, health, family stability, and community engagement. Yet, a substantial number of women in the United States—and in Wyoming—face economic hardships. And, too often, policies that would address women's economic security and improve Wyoming's overall economic prospects are overlooked or underestimated.
Bring women's voices to the conversation
When women are present as leaders and decision makers, the issues that move to the fore change. In places with more female policymakers, bills about education, healthcare, taxation, economic security, sexual assault, personal safety, and childcare often gain traction and move forward. Elevating the voices of women in the Equality State and changing the conversation will improve life for everyone in the Equality State.
Ensuring that policy reflects 100% of Wyoming's citizens
When policymakers reflect half of our population, policy reflects half of our population. The Gender Lens Project exists to ensure that all Equality State legislation recognizes the inherent needs, rights, and worth of our state's citizens. We will work in support of conversations and legislation that reflects the realities of all people in Wyoming.