The Pledge

If you want our votes, you have to protect our rights.

The Pledgemaker Distinctions

Young leaders across the country are rising up to take ownership for our democracy and our future.  Platform is launching our Pledgemaker Distinction series that will help us make informed decisions as we head into the voting booths and connect us to lawmakers who will pledge to advance necessary legislation.

These Distinctions are based on the alignment between elected officials or candidates and the agenda we first created at our 2018 National Convention and amended at the 2019 National Convention. We ask lawmakers and candidates to take the pledge below to pursue solutions to the listed issues. We ask lawmakers and candidates to take the pledge that they will listen to our voices and work with us as partners in progress.

This distinction does not equate to an endorsement but rather signifies that lawmakers or candidates have completed our questionnaire and made the Platform Pledge.

Rosie the Riveter Arm with Banner reading "Platform Pledge"

  I pledge to make space for young women-identifiying, non-binary, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, genderfluid, and femme voices in the rooms where decisions about their bodies, lives, and futures are made.
  I pledge to pursue solutions to end racial profiling and the criminalization of women, girls, and femme-identifiying people of color. 
✓  I pledge to pursue solutions to protect all immigrant and refugee rights and opportunities, and support viable paths to citizenship.
  I pledge to pursue solutions to secure economic and employment justice for all women and femme-identifiying people.
✓  I pledge to pursue solutions to end sexual violence, gender-based violence, and guarantee protections and access to affirming resources for all survivors.
  I pledge to pursue solutions to end over-policing in Black, Brown, and LGBTQIA+ communities by state-sanctioned officials. 
I pledge to pursue solutions to end all forms of gun violence. 
I pledge to dismantle the colonizing history and ongoing colonizing culture of this country as well as center the history and present truths of indigenous and enslaved people in the creation of the land on which I govern or intend to govern. 
  I pledge to pursue solutions to ensure full access to and protection of reproductive justice for all who need and want it.
I pledge to promote, explore, and support sustainable solutions that advance environmental justice and eliminate environmental racism. 
I pledge to center communities that face systemic barriers, including communities of color; the disability community; American Indian and Alaska Native communities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual and intersex communities, and all other gender identities and sexual orientations; justice-involved communities; and systemically oppressed faiths with the understanding that liberation and progress will not come unless we protect and advocate for the most directly impacted.

Are you ready to take the Pledge?

If you are a lawmaker or candidate interested in receiving the Pledgemaker Distinction, please fill out the respective questionnaire below. Want more information, including our “Guide to Taking the Pledge,” email  us at jennifer@platformwomen.org.

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