Women Unite for Economic Safety Agenda
MEDIA RELEASE: For distribution September 20, 2016
Caring Across Generations, Sister Organizations Unite to Demand Women’s Economic Agenda Ahead of 2016 Elections
Washington, DC — Caring Across Generations, in partnership with eight other national organizations, formed We Won’t Wait, a national multi-racial coalition designed to amplify the voices of women of color and low-income women during the 2016 election cycle. This week, the coalition produced the We Won’t Wait Summit, which brought together over a thousand women, including hundreds of Caring Across Generations and National Domestic Worker Alliance members. Elected officials, activists and advocates, and partner organizations remotely representing millions of women also joined the gathering to demand an economic agenda that reflects the realities lived daily by women in the United States.
Women’s economic concerns have long been at the top of the Caring Across agenda. Caring Across Generations member Karon Hatchett said, “We force people into poverty, and then we judge them for being in poverty.” With 60% of caregivers in the United States being women, and the value of the informal care that women provide ranging from $148 billion to $188 billion annually, there is no question that care is an issue that deeply impacts the ability of women to survive and thrive.
Sarita Gupta, co-director of Caring Across Generations and executive director of Jobs With Justice, was there to introduce keynote speaker U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez. She said, “Our issues as caregivers and women are amplified where they meet. We are fighting for intersectional solutions to mitigate the negative impacts of other problems on women’s lives too. We are all in this together.”
Caring Across Generations focuses on developing policies that support families, like paid family leave and training for caregivers. We also promote the development of care jobs as good jobs, jobs that provide living wages and benefits so that caregivers can take care of their own families even as they take care of other families.
“We are proud of the work we do, and of our partner organizations in the We Won’t Wait coalition,” said Ai-jen Poo, co-director of Caring Across Generations and founder of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. “Women have long been the backbone of the American economy, and it’s time our culture and our elected officials recognize and value that contribution.”
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