For all the talk of raising this country’s minimum wage, here’s a stat that often goes unnoticed: two thirds of all minimum wage workers today are women. And the vast majority of these workers receive no sick days from their employer. Not a single one.
Think about that for a second. What happens to these women when they get sick? Or when their children get sick? Or when an aging parent needs a ride to the doctor’s office? Every day, millions of women are unfairly forced to choose between keeping their jobs and caring for their families because they don’t have sick days or paid leave.
We are putting working mothers, fathers and families in an economic catch-22. My husband Joe is fighting to change that in Congress. Will you join him and stand up for a fairer system?
Joe’s cousin Maria released an unbelievable report earlier this year that sheds light on the crisis of women in poverty in this country. According to “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink,” women who work full time, all year at minimum wage find themselves struggling to keep their families above the poverty line. Today, one in three American women are living in poverty or on the verge of it.
That’s 42 million women barely scraping by, not to mention the 28 million children that depend on them. Tell Congress we don’t believe in a system that leaves so many behind. Click here.
I’m proud to work for the National Partnership for Women & Families, which has spent decades promoting women’s equity in the workplace and building a system that supports working families, so that parents don’t have to chose between their job and their loved ones.
Joe has championed this fight in Congress, working to raise the minimum wage, ensure pay equity for women in the workplace, and reform our out-of-date family and medical leave policies. He’s a proud co-sponsor of the FAMILY Act, which would create a paid leave insurance program for workers across the country.
But he needs your help. Will you fight with us? Click here to say you’re in.
Thanks for everything you do,