10 Ways the Government Shutdown Has Impacted Women
10. Access to Child Care: Moms in states like Alabama, Georgia, and Florida have scrambled to find child care for their children as a number of Head Start programs were closed; a $10 million donation has reopened seven programs in six states, but funding for other programs may run out by the end of the month.
9. Nutrition: Millions of vulnerable mothers and children are at risk of losing nutritional support from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) by the end of this month, when emergency funding for the program is expected to run out.
8. Furlough: Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are on furlough without pay and hundreds of thousands of dedicated public servants are on the job but won't get paid until the shutdown ends, many whom are female workers working to support their families.
7. Immigration: Immigration court proceedings have slowed down, and some daughters and mothers are unsure what the immigration status of their loved ones will be.
6. Domestic Violence: Domestic violence programs across the country have lost funds to help victims of violence.
5. Safety: In addition, with the Education Department shuttered, the Office of Civil Rights, a unit that handles sexual assault cases on university campuses, has temporarily suspended investigations.
4. Housing: Women like Julia Pruden from North Dakota, haven’t been able to get a loan to buy a house as the Department of Agriculture rural development program is on hold due the government shutdown.
3. Business: More than 8.6 million U.S. businesses are owned by women and, with the suspension of action on government-backed loans for small businesses, their work has been delayed.
2. Work Discrimination: With the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission effectively shuttered, there’s not enough staff to look into workers’ claims of discrimination until funding is restored.