Take Action: Rapid Response

Ways To Act: Rapid Response

The Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act of 2018 is now one step closer to passage thanks to advocates' outreach to Members of Congress. On November 28, this important bill passed through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and our sights are now set on getting the bill passed through the full Senate. 

Contact your Member of Congress now in four simple ways:

Call Your Member of Congress


Make a Phone Call: Dial 202-335-0509 to be connected with your member's offices depending on your zipcode. Once connected, express that you wish to see the Women's Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act of 2018 (S.3247 for Senators and H.R. 5480 for House members) pass out of Congress this year.


Send an Email to Your Member of Congress


 Send an Email: Add your name and email address here to send a letter directly to your Senator urging them to pass the Women's Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act of 2018.


Share on Social Media
Share on Social Media: Spread the word on Facebook and Twitter that women's economic empowerment matters.

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Recruit Friends to Take Action

Recruit Friends:
 We're in this together. Text careaction.org/actnow to three friends and
encourage them to join you in standing up for women's rights globally. 



Get Started Today:

"I would like to urge my Member of Congress to support passage of S.3247 (for Senators) and H.R. 5480 (for House members) - the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act of 2018 - out of Congress this year." Please add any of the below talking points or info that speak to you and leave your name and address (or zip code) to let them know you are a constituent.

Talking Points: Rapid Response

Talking Points
  • 1.2 billion people live in absolute poverty around the globe, and most of them are women and girls.
  • When women can claim their equal economic rights and have the skills, resources, and support to participate in economic activities, they have the tools to help lift themselves and their communities out of poverty.
  • Women’s economic empowerment is important for reducing poverty. When women earn reliable incomes, they often reinvest it in their families’ education, health, and nutrition, which increases their family’s and community’s economic and social potential.
    • Women-owned small and medium-sized businesses create four out of five new jobs in the developing world.
    • When women earn an income, they are more likely than men to invest that income into household needs, such as food and shelter.

Talking Points 2: Rapid Response

  • Barriers to women's economic empowerment are stark:
    • Currently, more than one billion women are excluded from formal financial services. Many cannot open bank accounts, seek loans or credit, or manage their funds.
    • Women worldwide face barriers to owning and controlling economic assets, such as property, inheritance, and household funds.
    • Women lack opportunities for developing confidence and decision-making power – and they are under-represented in senior roles and economic leadership positions.
    • When women earn an income, they are more likely than men to invest that income into household needs, such as food and shelter.
    • Practices such as gender-based violence can prevent women from engaging successfully in economic activities. When women face harassment or violence in the workplace, or when they suffer from injuries or trauma as a result of domestic violence, their economic livelihoods are affected.

Talking Points 3: Rapid Response

Additional Information

Supporting S.3247 - the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act of 2018, places America at the forefront of worldwide growth and development by:

  • Creating a US policy to reduce economic gender inequalities, remove legal and social barriers, and increase women and girls' ability to determine their life outcomes.
  • Requiring USAID to ensure that gender considerations shape all strategies and projects so that gender equality and women’s empowerment are integrated throughout all programs.
  • Expanding USAID’s inclusion of small and medium businesses in development assistance, emphasizing those owned, managed and controlled by women.
  • Modernizing USAID’s development assistance to include innovative credit scoring, financial technology, financial literacy, insurance, and initiatives that promote women's equal property and inheritance rights.