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100,000 Signatures Needed to Support Equitable Funding for Women Artists by February 6th


A petition calling for legislation guaranteeing women equal access and opportunity in government-funded arts organizations

Under President Obama, the fight for equality has had renewed energy and significance. The call for “equal pay for equal work for women” has been heard by the arts community, as well. Women artists have a stake in efforts to raise the minimum wage to a living wage to support their families and themselves. Women have the civil and human right to participate equally in opportunities for creative expression in programs supported by taxpayer funds.

The “Crominbus” bill, recently passed by the House of Representatives, approved $146 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, $146 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities, $30 million for the Office of Museum Services, and $25 million for Arts in Education through the Department of Education. What would equitable distribution of these funds mean for women artists nationally? Everything.

To this end, a petition calling for legislation guaranteeing women equal access and opportunity for employment in government-funded arts organizations has been launched. A total of 100,000 signatures by February 6 will secure an official response from the White House.

View, sign and share the petition at the links.

The petition calls on the Obama administration "to enact legislation whereby any nonprofit arts organization or institution that is receiving city, state or federal funding should be mandated to allocate an equitable portion of that funding to women artists across the board, thereby ensuring that women receive grants and/or employment opportunities that are still being denied to them.

“For example, studies show that in the American Theatre women receive less than 20% of production opportunities nationwide. With this legislation, playwrights, directors, designers, dramaturgs, etc. would have a fair shot at working and/or creating in their chosen field... (W)hen government monies are involved, the petition asks for a mandate for parity in the disbursement of those dollars for all women in the literary, performing and visual arts.”

President Obama said in his 2014 State of the Union address, “When women succeed, America succeeds.” Ensure that women artists succeed by signing this petition. Sign and share this petition now [see link below].

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