Issues and Challenges

  • Teen GirlWomen face economic inequality. Women earn less than men with equivalent education and work experience, have unequal employment opportunities and greater work-family conflicts.
  • Women face greater health barriers.
  • Domestic and sexual violence are serious barriers for survivors and their families to overcome in order to obtain and maintain economic stability and achieve real economic security. Survivors of domestic or sexual violence are particularly vulnerable to unfair treatment in employment, education, the administration of public benefits, and rental and subsidized housing.
  • Young women and girls who are parents, expectant parents, or survivors of domestic or sexual violence face significant barriers in completing and succeeding in school.
  • Older women face a myriad of difficulties, including: employment discrimination; outliving their retirement funds; inability to age comfortably within their own homes and communities; and isolation.

Policy Agenda

  • Create equal education and skill building opportunities for women and girls. Create a safe and responsive environment in schools K-20 through adoption of the recommendations of the Ensuring Success in School Initiative and effective implementation of Title IX. Foster college enrollment and completion. FIght for programs and policies that build job skills that lead to family-sustaining employment. Advocate for greater access to education and training opportunities for TANF recipients.
  • Ensure economic justice for low-income women in the workplace. Advocate for fair employment policies and practices that enable women to secure economic stability and advancement in the workplace, including the elimination of sex discrimination. Advocate for the adoption of paid sick days and paid family and medical leave, expansion of the rights of domestic workers, and increases in the minimum wage, including for tipped workers.
  • Promote freedom from violence. Advance laws and policies that expand the protections for domestic and sexual violence survivors in employment, education, housing, public benefits, and health care. Conduct outreach and education on existing laws and policies that protect survivors.
  • Advance issues important to women as part of heath care reform implementation.
  • Advance issues important to women as they age.