Women Leading Women to Build the Foundation of Social Progress for Generations

 

Women's March Iowa is a women-led movement bringing together people of all genders, ages, races, cultures, political affiliations, disabilities and backgrounds. We made history on January 21, 2017, to affirm our shared humanity and pronounce our bold message of resistance and self-determination

“We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.” Dr King

 

Mission

First and foremost, the Women's March Iowa (WMIA) is dedicated to the voices of Iowa women.  We stand up and show up as passionate women who deeply value equality, justice, and human rights.   We are especially impacted by these issues and our voices will be heard as we develop and implement solutions for Iowa’s multiethnic, and multicultural communities both rural and urban.

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Vision

Consistent with Iowans inclusive history, we work towards creating an environment that encourages education and solidarity, fosters understanding and self-empowerment of marginalized groups. WMIA is bound to uniting our communities by creating new and progressive ideas that foster the acceptance and respect of everyone’s human rights. We are committed to work with common people achieving uncommon success. The issues that affect one of us, affect all of us. Until our vision is realized, we will continue to be a force in the implementation of our mission for the common good of all, particularly those left behind in the progress made in the state and the nation.  By doing so, we will continue Iowa's history of progressive inclusiveness. Join us. Have your voice heard.

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Unity principles

The Women's March Network convened a broad and diverse group of leaders to produce an intersectional platform known as the Unity Principles. Representing a new understanding of the connected nature of our struggles and a vision of our collective liberation, the Unity Principles continue to be a guiding light for our movement. 

We believe that Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights. We must create a society in which women - including Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian queer and trans women - are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments. 

ENDING VIOLENCE

Women deserve to live full and healthy lives, free of all forms of violence against our bodies. We believe in accountability and justice in cases of police brutality and ending racial profiling and targeting of communities of color. It is our moral imperative to dismantle the gender and racial inequities within the criminal justice system.

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

We believe in Reproductive Freedom. We do not accept any federal, state or local rollbacks, cuts or restrictions on our ability to access quality reproductive healthcare services, birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, or medically accurate sexuality education. This means open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control for all people, regardless of income, location or education. 

LGBTQIA RIGHTS

We firmly declare that LGBTQIA Rights are Human Rights and that it is our obligation to uplift, expand and protect the rights of our gay, lesbian, bi, queer, trans or gender non-conforming brothers, sisters and siblings. We must have the power to control our bodies and be free from gender norms, expectations and stereotypes.

WORKER’S RIGHTS

We believe in an economy powered by transparency, accountability, security and equity. All women should be paid equitably, with access to affordable childcare, sick days, healthcare, paid family leave, and healthy work environments. All workers – including domestic and farm workers, undocumented and migrant workers - must have the right to organize and fight for a living minimum wage.

CIVIL RIGHTS

We believe Civil Rights are our birthright, including voting rights, freedom to worship without fear of intimidation or harassment, freedom of speech, and protections for all citizens regardless of race, gender, age or disability. We believe it is time for an all-inclusive Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  

DISABILITY RIGHTS

We believe that all women’s issues are issues faced by women with disabilities and Deaf women. As mothers, sisters, daughters, and contributing members of this great nation, we seek to break barriers to access, inclusion, independence, and the full enjoyment of citizenship at home and around the world. We strive to be fully included in and contribute to all aspects of American life, economy, and culture.

IMMIGRANT RIGHTS

Rooted in the promise of America’s call for huddled masses yearning to breathe free, we believe in immigrant and refugee rights regardless of status or country of origin.  We believe migration is a human right and that no human being is illegal.

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

We believe that every person and every community in our nation has the right to clean water, clean air, and access to and enjoyment of public lands. We believe that our environment and our climate must be protected, and that our land and natural resources cannot be exploited for corporate gain or greed - especially at the risk of public safety and health.

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