Kentucky women’s equality advocates highlight legislative priorities

Kentucky women’s equality advocates highlight legislative priorities
The Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky.

FRANKFORT KY (WAVE) - Women fighting for equality spent a day persuading Kentucky lawmakers to pass a number of bills they support this legislative session.

On Monday, the American Association of University Women of Kentucky and United Nations Association of the United States Kentucky Division were in Frankfort. The groups discussed human trafficking, pay equity, a salary history hiring ban and abusive physical treatment of women.

The groups also focused discussion on House Bill 85. It would provide free feminine hygiene products to those at public colleges.

Advocates said that would allow students to focus on their studies instead of using their time and money to go buy the products. The bill is sponsored by Democratic Rep. Attica Scott. Republican Sen. Julie Raque Adams is also listed by the groups as who will sponsor companion legislation in the senate.

Those pushing for change said that while laws such as the Equal Rights Amendment were ratified in Kentucky and protections exist in code, a lot more work needs to be done to make their vision a reality.

“Sometimes those things aren’t playing out in real life," Patricia Desrosiers, AAUW Kentucky President, said. "So, we’re here to keep pushing and to keep this in the forefront of people’s awareness that these issues are important.”

The women’s equality advocates said they’ll be back at the Capitol tracking bills throughout the session.

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