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Our state lawmakers are currently in Olympia making important decisions that will affect women and families across Washington. Now is a great time to speak up for change! Join Firesteel in advocating for policies that will:

  • build stable homes and promote economic advancement;
  • improve health and end violence against women; and
  • increase racial equity and social justice for all people.

Learn about the policies we support, and use our email forms to message your legislators quickly and easily.

Preserve and Expand Funding to End Homelessness

Luatonya and her children now live in a safe home thanks to a program funded by document recording fees. Photo from Seattle Times.
Luatonya and her children now live in a safe home thanks to a program funded by document recording fees. Photo from Seattle Times.
Luatonya had bad credit and a couple of evictions on her record. Even though she had the income to afford an apartment, she couldn’t find a landlord who would rent to her.…

Increase Economic Security Through Paid Family and Medical Leave

When cancer forced Terri to lose work income, she drained her retirement account. She advocates for paid medical and family leave, which would have made her illness less financially painful. Image courtesy Washington Work and Family Coalition.
When cancer forced Terri to lose work income, she drained her retirement account. She advocates for paid medical and family leave, which would have made her illness less financially painful. Image courtesy Washington Work and Family Coalition.
When Terri’s cancer diagnosis came, she had family support and a financial cushion. But none of that proved quite enough to last through two years of treatment and three surgeries. Despite her…

Pass the Equal Pay Opportunity Act

  Fifty years after Congress banned discrimination in employment, up to 40 percent of the wage gap cannot be explained by occupation, qualifications, or hours worked. Women hold almost half of all…

Reduce Court-Imposed Debt

After more than a decade of struggling with addiction, and going in and out of incarceration, Coreen made the decision to change her life so she could care for her son. Image courtesy YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish.
After more than a decade of struggling with addiction, and going in and out of incarceration, Coreen made the decision to change her life so she could care for her son. Image courtesy YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish.
Coreen left home when she was 13. She says her uncle had been sexually abusing her, but her mom wouldn’t believe her. She had to get away, but found that life on…

Invest in Affordable Homes

Liudmila and her children found a safe, healthy home at Family Village Redmond, a community built with support from the Housing Trust Fund. Image courtesy YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish.
Liudmila and her children found a safe, healthy home at Family Village Redmond, a community built with support from the Housing Trust Fund. Image courtesy YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish.
After 10 years of marriage, Liudmila’s husband emptied their bank account, set fire to her green card, and disappeared. She left Russia for the U.S. with her two children and only $200.…

Protect Sexual Assault Survivors

Cali advocates for reforming Sexual Assault Protection Orders to better protect survivors. Screen capture image from KIRO 7.
Cali advocates for reforming Sexual Assault Protection Orders to better protect survivors. Screen capture image from KIRO 7.
Cali was just four years old when a teenage boy sexually abused her and threatened to hurt her family if she told anyone. The abuser’s family moved him out of the area,…

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