Friday, May 6, 2016
Ms. Foundation for Women Spearheads Initiative to Develop a National Blueprint for Women’s Economic Agendas
The push for an increase in the minimum wage and paid family leave has gained momentum over the past few years in cities and states across the country. However, these efforts are only one piece of a more comprehensive approach to support women in achieving economic security.
Largely created by the mobilizing power of low-income families and advocacy organizations working together, this momentum is occurring at a time when major demographic shifts are underscoring the power of women, specifically women of color, in the political, economic and social life of the United States. While these issues are essential, policies must address the full spectrum of women’s lives, including access to comprehensive health care and freedom from violence in the home, community, and workplace.
Right wing pundits and politicians are drumming up support around a reactionary base to garner votes. Tax loopholes continue for wealthy individuals and corporations, while hardworking Americans are forced to rely on government subsidies to offset abysmally low wages earned primarily by women in low-wage sectors. Both parties have been complicit in rolling back legislation and government programs won through people’s movements, in favor of corporate safety nets...