Activists and lawmakers have been fighting back against a slew of anti-abortion laws passing through state houses across the country—and 187 CEOs have now joined their ranks.
“Equality in the workplace is one of the most important business issues of our time,” the cohort of executives declared in an open letter that ran as a full-page ad in the New York Times. “When everyone is empowered to succeed, our companies, our communities and our economy are better for it.”
The CEOs—including fashion designers Diane von Furstenberg, Eileen Fisher, Rebecca Minkoff, Gabriela Hearst and Lingua Franca’s Rachelle Hruska; female-focused media companies like New York Magazine’s The Cut and Refinery29; feminist co-working spaces The Riveter, The Jane Club and The Wing; women-centered business like WILDFANG, THINX, TomboyX, Cora and Glossier; corporate champions like WORN’s Nicole Corbett, Rebellious PR’s Evie Smith and Lesbian Who Tech’s Leanne Pittsford; and advocates like The Second Shift’s Jenny Galluzzo and Gina Hadley, Claire Wasserman and Ashley Louise of Ladies Get Paid, MakeLoveNotPorn’s Cindy Gallop and Ann Duggal of the Female Founders Fund—represent over 108,000 employees.
“Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health, independence and economic stability of our employees and customers,” they wrote. “Simply put, it goes against our values and is bad for business. It impairs our ability to build diverse and inclusive workforce pipelines, recruit top talent across the states and protect the well-being of all the people who keep our businesses thriving day in and out. The future of gender equality hangs in the balance, putting our families, communities, businesses and the economy at risk.”