I was shocked and saddened when I saw the new poverty data from the U.S. Census that was released earlier this week. The Census data analysis revealed serious declines in women's economic status, including the highest poverty rates in 17 years for women, as well as the highest extreme poverty rates ever recorded for women. These shocking and troubling trend rates make it abundantly clear that it's time to come together to both fight attacks on women's economic and health security, as well as to help rebuild our nation's economy.
What does this mean for us, for our families and communities? We need to urge decision-makers to keep focused on the positive impacts that passing a jobs bill will have on women and families. Focusing on women and job opportunities is critically important to stimulating the engine of our economy as a whole. Women comprise half of the entire paid labor force for the first time in history, yet their wages have remained stagnant, poverty rates have skyrocketed, and the number of women who don't have health insurance has soared. In order to have a healthy economy and nation, we need to address the rising poverty that women and families are facing. After all, our nation didn't become strong by putting women and families last.
With this blog carnival we will focus on how to turn the economy around, and with #HERvotes we will mobilize voters to create a more economically stable and healthier future for ourselves, our children, and our country.
Rebounding from a “Mancession,” Remembering the Ladies, Bettina Hager, National Women's Political Caucus
President’s Job Plan Benefits Women, Eleanor Smeal, Ms. Magazine
We Need Jobs and a Voice on the Job, Jenya Cassidy, Labor Project for Working Families
Top 5 Tips for Working and Breastfeeding, Bettina Forbes, Best for Babes
Living on a prayer? Latinas need jobs and the ability to live with dignity, Anjela Jenkins, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
The Care Crisis, Premilla Nadasen, Ms. Magazine
More Women Face Unemployment as Public Sector Jobs are Targeted, Rachel Sandler, NOW
The Old Boys’ Club Still Meets on the Golf Course, Holly Derr, Ms. Magazine
The Wage Gap: Women Still Make Less Than Men, Tanya Senanayake, National Women's Law Center
HERvotes Blog Carnival: Women Must Speak Up for Their Jobs, Sherry Saunders, Business and Professional Women's Foundation
Where are the jobs for recent graduates?, Kendra McCormick, National Council of Women's Organizations
Women, Jobs and the Republican Drive to Cut Back Government, Elizabeth Clark, WNDC
Women Must Be a Part of Our Recovery, Linda Hallman, AAUW
Where's the women's opportunity?, Amy Williams, Ms. magazine
Female Veterans and the American Jobs Act, National Association of Social Workers
President’s Plan Won’t Leave Women Behind the Way the Recovery Has, Sam Syverson, National Women's Law Center
"Do you mind taking a short detour so I can vote?", Emily Alfano, National Council of Jewish Women
More Women are in Poverty Than Ever – Tell Congress to Act on President's Jobs Plan, Joan Entmacher, National Women's Law Center
Unions Provide the Route for a Secure Future to Women and Their Families, Carol Rosenblatt, Coalition for Labor Union Women