Equal opportunity is on the ballot this November
This November, Californians will have a chance to fight gender discrimination and systemic racism at the ballot box.
Proposition 16 will restore critical equal opportunity policies in state hiring, contracting, and education.
Here in California, we know that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to succeed — regardless of their gender, what they look like, or where they were born.
So when we see women getting paid 80 cents on the dollar, and women of color making even less, we know it’s time for a change.
By passing Prop 16, Californians can:
- Tackle all forms of discrimination, removing barriers to equal opportunity
- Fight wage discrimination against women
- Give women and people of color an equal shot at job promotions and leadership positions
- Expand career and educational opportunities in science and technology for girls and english language learners
As Californians, we value diversity and fairness, we know that ending discrimination is the right thing to do.
During this uncertain time of COVID-19, we can build a future California that reflects our values by voting YES on Proposition 16.
“We have an historic opportunity to advance racial and gender equality in a time when women and communities of color are bearing dramatic disproportionate burdens of a global health pandemic, a national economic crisis, police brutality, and incarceration. Yes on Prop 16 is our chance to restore equal opportunity for all.” — Rep. Karen Bass, CA-37
“Proposition 16 will deliver equal opportunity for Chinese Americans and Asian Americans in California, putting millions on the path to a healthy, safe, stable life.” — Betty Yee, CA State Controller
“With Latinos now comprising a quarter of California voters and forming a critical component of the state’s economy today and in the future, Latinos will come forward to make an enduring contribution to our state’s equal-opportunity future by voting Yes on Prop. 16.” — Thomas Saenz, President and General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund
California voters want to stand up for California values
Passing Prop 16 will allow the State of California to consider race and gender with the goal of eliminating discrimination in state contracts, hiring and college admissions.
Shared Success, Opportunities
As Californians, we value diversity and fairness, and we know that ending discrimination is the right thing to do. Passing Prop 16 allows us to remedy gender bias and racism, and in doing so, build a California that reflects our shared values
We need a level playing field
California is one of only 8 states that outlaws equal opportunity policies in hiring and education. The only way to move California forward is to pass Proposition 16 – extending equal opportunity for all and actively combating systemic racism.
Passing Prop 16 would mean:
Women and people of color earn equal wages for equal work
Businesses led by women and people of color would be able to compete on even footing against other groups that are over-represented when it comes to public contracting
Every child – regardless of race or gender – will have access to great schools
A Bold Solution to Level the Playing Field
During this uncertain time of COVID-19, we can build a California that reflects our values by voting YES on Proposition 16.
The Opportunity for All Coalition is working to pass Prop 16 .
Prop 16 will restore critical equal opportunity policies like affirmative action in state hiring, contracting, and education.
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