In December 2013, the Madison Caucus for Gender Equality Steering Committee voted to support the resolution before the Faculty Senate regarding domestic partner benefits. Three quarters of the Madison Caucus membership voted, and three quarters of those who voted approved the resolution. Now that's impressive! Some respondents suggested that the language in the resolution about same-sex domestic partner benefits be revised to read "same sex and domestic partner benefits," and that suggestion will be passed on to our senators. Thank you for your participation in this important vote. View the resolution here.
The Madison Caucus for Gender Equality updates the historic Faculty Women’s Caucus that was initiated in 1973 to address discrimination against women in the JMU workplace. The caucus reaches out to all professional women and men on campus, understanding that gender based workplace bias affects not only women but men and families as well. In the 2011-2012 academic year, dedicated JMU citizens gathered to discuss how we might continue the activism of the original caucus in the 21st century. We have revised our constitution, updated our name, and identified goals and activities to guide us. Please consider joining the Madison Caucus for Gender Equality; there is plenty of work and good community to be shared.
1. To raise awareness of gender issues across the university
2. To promote equal opportunities for leadership in offices, programs and units
3. To foster a family-friendly work environment through effective policies that address not only family leave, but child care,
elder care, and partner benefits.
4. To highlight exemplary policies, programs, practices and individuals in higher education that represent enlightened
approaches to balancing career and family demands.