Our Past Advocacy

Lawmakers vote on laws and policies impacting women in every Montana community every session. The Women’s Foundation of Montana is there, working alongside grantees and partners to advocate for women. Together, we work on a wide variety of critical issues, including:  

  • Protecting reproductive rights 
  • Improving childcare affordability and availability
  • Enhancing workers’ rights, including family leave, sick leave, and equal pay
  • Increasing the supply of housing people can afford
  • Updating workplace policies that restrict mothers' participation in the workforce, such as insufficient paid leave and workplace flexibility
  • Protecting and enhancing the social safety net
  • Increasing the State Earned Income Tax Credit 
  • Defending Medicaid Expansion 

Throughout the session, WFM sends out  Advocacy Updates to keep you informed on the issues and how to get involved.

We strive to be a voice of change for women and girls in Montana. Because of you, WFM's work is possible. We hope to be a resource for you during the 69th Legislative Session.

Equal Pay for Equal Work

WFM worked closely with Governor Steve Bullock’s Equal Pay for Equal Work taskforce to address the gender wage gap in our state from 2013-2020. WFM helped host three Statewide Equal Pay Summits and pushed for policy changes, including a new Paycheck Fairness Act that would ban retaliation against workers for talking with one another about their pay and benefits.

Cap the Rate Coalition

We were a proud partner in the Cap the Rate Coalition to pass Ballot Initiative I-164 in 2010, which capped the short-term lending rates in the state at 36% and ended predatory lending in Montana.