It’s the eve of Mother’s Day weekend, a great time for everyone to consider the foundational and ongoing role of women in America’s labor movement. Without women, there would be no labor movement.
- Unionism is the best way to close the wage gap, which costs working women between $700,000 and $2 million over the course of their lifetimes.
- America’s labor movement is committed to ending sexual assault and other forms of gender-based violence in the workplace, which disproportionately impacts women.
- Working people in unions are dedicated to fair schedules, fair wages, good health care, paid family leave and quality, affordable child care.
Kitchen Table Economics
87 percent: That was the post-election increase in applications to Emerge America, which trains women on how to run for public office. Emily’s List, VoteRunLead and She Should Run also reported massive spikes in interest from aspiring women leaders.
Take ACTION: Paid Leave
Many kids today grow up with both parents working or with a single parent. And at some point, nearly everyone will need to take time away from work to deal with a serious personal or family illness, or to care for a new child. But too many working people don’t have access to paid leave to care for themselves or loved ones—and too many women are still paid less than men for the same work.