This is another one of those “Wait, it’s 2022, how is this just now happening?” posts.
With a steadily growing number of female legislators in the General Assembly and a continued focus on issues affecting women, lawmakers announced on Wednesday the formation of the Delaware Legislative Women’s Caucus.
The bipartisan and bicameral coalition of legislators will focus primarily on advancing the shared interests of women by advocating for policies that will make Delaware a better place for women to live, work, and raise a family. The caucus will be co-chaired by House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst and Sen. Marie Pinkney. Rep. Melissa Minor-Brown and Sen. Kyle Evans Gay will serve as co-vice chairs.
“During my time in the Legislature, I’ve been fortunate to work alongside so many inspiring female colleagues and activists to pass historic measures like our Equal Rights Amendment, paid parental leave for state employees and teachers, protections for women in the workplace, at home, and at school, and much more. But our work is just getting started,” said Rep. Longhurst.
“This caucus is an opportunity for us to bring more Delaware women to the table so that together, we can work toward policy solutions that address the disparities and inequalities still present in our state.”
Women currently comprise nearly one-third of the 62-member Delaware General Assembly, with 19 female legislators serving in the House and Senate. That is a near-record – the 143rd GA had 21 women serving.
During the 2022 legislative session, the caucus will be addressing public policy issues, such as gender disparities in education, healthcare affordability, and public safety, among many other issues.
In addition to considering potential future legislation, the caucus will also hold regular open meetings where members and the public will have the opportunity to hear from legislators, outside speakers, and experts.
“I’m honored to serve as the Co-Chair of the Women’s Caucus in the 151st General Assembly,” said Sen. Pinkney. “Even as our state continues to elect more women to public office, our work and our progress is far from complete. I stand ready to work with my colleagues to not only empower women, but make sure women know there is a place for them in power.”