Empowering women in the workplace is the key to growing the economy & building an American middle class that can thrive in the 21st century.
We have seen dramatic change in the makeup of our workforce with the dramatic increased participation of women, but the rules governing this new 21st Century reality have largely stayed the same.
For instance, today, women make up roughly 50% of the workforce, and families rely on women as sole breadwinners more than ever before. Yet Congress has not kept up and updated the rules that govern our economy to reflect the changing reality of the workforce and the needs of our families. If our economy is going to thrive in the 21st Century, every woman must have the tools and opportunities to be given a fair shot of remaining in the workforce and achieving her full economic potential, contributing to her families’ financial security.
That's why Senator Gillibrand has introduced her Opportunity Plan: Five simple solutions to reward work, improve our economy and empower women. These include:
1. Paid Family & Medical Leave
2. Equal Pay for Equal Work
3. Raising the Minimum Wage
4. Universal Pre-K
5. Making Quality Affordable Child Care Accessible
These five common sense solutions would go a long way toward ensuring working women have the tools and opportunities needed to earn economic security for their families. And, by empowering 50% of the workforce to achieve their full economic potential, we would boost our economy in the process.