Money Talks: It is Time to Pay for Parity

Financial sanctions and incentives to enforce gender quotas have been gaining popularity both in politics and business over the last decade.

But in the U.S., despite decades of demanding a seat at the table, women make up less than 30 percent of all elected officials. Political parties and our government have a role to play in improving women’s political representation up and down the ballot; and, it is time they start using their money to make it happen.

What’s at Stake this November: Pay Equity (Show Me the Money!)

The COVID-19 pandemic will have a lasting effect on the pay gap, since more women have been forced to drop out of the workforce.

Even if new laws are passed, the fight won’t be over. With the Supreme Court already having narrowed women’s options in fighting pay discrimination, the choices in future elections and Court appointments become extremely important for passing stronger legislation and for safeguarding women from decisions that will further erode the few remedies available.

Solving the U.S. Child Care Crisis Is Essential to Economic Recovery

The Child Care is Essential Act would create a $50 billion Child Care Stabilization Fund to help child care centers remain open and operating through the pandemic, as well as attempt to repair the nation’s broken child care system for the 21.5 million workers with a child under the age of six.

Providing child care funding would enable moms return to the workforce and help to alleviate unemployment inequalities that disproportionately affect women, especially Black and Latina women.