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America’s Women & Families want Action on Economic Agenda

In this month’s ELLE magazine, a new poll highlights the challenges women face in the workplace – and their call for action addressing them.  From the ELLE and the Center for American Progress poll:

81 percent of men and 93 percent of women said public policy should address workplace challenges such as equal pay, paid sick leave, and paid maternity leave

87 percent of women and 80 percent of men – including 83 percent of Republicans and 89 percent of Democrats – believe paid maternity leave should be required

31 percent of women think they would be paid more if they were female and 20 percent of men agree they would be paid less if they were female

House Democrats agree that it is time to unleash the power of our nation’s women.  That’s why, as we marked the 165th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention this July, Leader Pelosi and House Democrats proudly announced When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families – an agenda that stands on the shoulders of what was accomplished at Seneca Falls and addresses the economic challenges facing women and families in our time.  Over the August District Work period, the drumbeat continued to grow:

Albuquerque Business First – Pelosi speaks in ABQ on women’s economic advancement

U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday to talk about her new economic plans that focus on women and families.  Pelosi is traveling to gain support for the “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds” economic agenda, which involves a variety of protections for women in the workplace.

“This particular agenda is focused on how women are rewarded for their work,” Pelosi told the invited crowd of about 180.  “It’s about equal pay, but that involves raising the minimum wage to a living wage.  It’s about balance — that really requires that we need paid medical leave.  And three, the crusade we must go on is affordable, accessible child care for all.”

The Salem News – Pelosi discusses women’s economic agenda in Beverly

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke to a standing-room-only crowd of mostly women at the Cummings Center yesterday, appearing with Democratic Congressman John Tierney to outline an economic agenda to help women and families.

“Let’s get to work to get it, all of it done, and just put it to people: You would vote against your wife, your daughter, your mother, your sister being treated equally in the workplace?  Forget that, forget that,” she said…

Pelosi also praised Tierney as a champion for women and Americans in the workplace, noting that the Salem Democrat serves on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.  “Everybody professes to care about these issues and that it’s important, and I support that,” Pelosi said.  “But John Tierney makes it a priority.”

Others, including Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, who was in the audience, spoke about issues they would like to see Pelosi tackle.  “I’m feeling like this is Girl Power Friday,” Driscoll joked.  “Thanks for pulling us all together; now watch out, right?”

Beverly Citizen – In Beverly, Pelosi leads pitch for women, families

Joined by local Congressman John Tierney, U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi came to Beverly’s Cummings Center last Friday morning, Aug. 23 to lay out for a packed conference room of the region’s female leaders a slew of policies Democrats favor to improve the economic well being of women and families.

The 90-minute forum, hosted by North Shore Community College, provided a public platform for Pelosi and Tierney to discuss how these policies would enhance women’s financial security, higher-educational opportunities and equality in the workplace.  The policies, Pelosi and Tierney argued, would strengthen the American economy.

Service Employees International Union 509 member Ana Perdomo, a family child-care educator and struggling mom, provided an illustration of how the Democrats’ proposals would help women on an individual level.  “There is a waiting list of over 57,000 children that increases by 1,500 kids monthly, according to the Department of Early Education and Care,” said Perdomo, noting that parents rely on child-care subsidies to be able to go to work or further their education.

KUT Austin – House Leader Pelosi Visits Austin, Promotes Equality for Women

House Leader Nancy Pelosi was in Austin today with one central message: There’s still work to be done on women’s equality in the workforce…

Congresswoman Pelosi is urging support for a number of initiatives: “The equal pay, the paid medical leave, and the childcare aspects of the difference that we have to make. We’ve already passed the Affordable Care Act.  These are bills that we must pass and I hope that we can do so with your support,” she said.

The Daily Texan – Nancy Pelosi visits Austin to discuss women’s economic agenda

In a visit to Austin on Monday, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi discussed her economic agenda for women, emphasizing equal pay, paid medical leave and affordable child care.  The discussion was sponsored by the American Association of University Women and scheduled on Women’s Equality Day…

Pelosi said she visited Austin Community College’s Eastview Campus because community colleges present opportunities for women by appreciating the balance between work, school and home.

“We know that pay discrimination is wrong, and it hurts America’s women, families and economy as a whole,” said Dianne Morphew, from the American Association of University Women’s Abilene branch.  Morphew said she has experienced pay discrimination twice, once in 1989 and once in 2002.

“We need stronger laws, we need stronger enforcement and we need more people to come forward with their stories,” Morphew said.

Texas Public Radio – Nancy Pelosi Speaks For Women’s Rights At Austin Stop

House leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, spent much of her time speaking in Austin talking about women’s rights, primarily a woman’s right to equal pay to her male counterparts.

She was speaking at a discussion about women’s economic issues hosted by the American Association of University Women of Texas at Austin Community College entitled, “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds.”

Pelosi spoke directly to increasing support for initiatives addressing paid medical leave and providing additional childcare assistance…

A bill authored by state Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, and supported by state State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, would have addressed some the issues Pelosi spoke about by allowing Texas women to file a lawsuit in state court over wage discrimination. The bill passed but was vetoed by Gov. Rick Perry.

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