Ensuring Equity in the American Jobs Plan

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The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood scholarships and WAGE$ program is at the heart of equity: low-income women of color and immigrants, trying to get a better education and grow professionally so they can provide the highest quality early learning and care. But resources are too tight - financial aid, child care compensation extremely low. This is the heart of equity: supporting the career growth and compensation of a critical... more »

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Requirement for Inclusive Childcare for Neurodiverse Children

Federal and state regulations for childcare centers need to be reevaluated to require inclusion services for families with nuerodiverse children (autism, sensory processing differences, adhd, etc).

The current regulations are based solely on an outdated model of normal development and the exemptions for some daycare centers and in-home services to provide accommodations must be removed. Federal funding needs to be provided... more »

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Support Working Mothers with More In Home Child Care Solutions

Mom Congress developed the following proposal working with Partners including the bipartisan policy center in 2021 in response to our members critical needs prior to and during the covid crisis  

Def. Affordable In-Home Child Care Workers - "Nommy" used in place of "Nanny," as Nannies have historically been accessible only to upper to upper-middle-class families.

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Provide grants to Community Colleges to Train... more »

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Caregivers aging outside the workforce

Many women take time off for caregiving-often more than a year or two. Sometimes it may be for 5-8 years or more. At that point, they become too old, too rusty, or too overqualified. Even the Federal government does not value extensive volunteer time. Do you take the year of college graduation off the resume? 

Then there is the matter of "professional" references. If you spent the last 10 years leading community groups,... more »

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I have worked for years just in the environment  of the "glass ceiling for women" I have worked in non-traditional jobs for women i.e. welder, carpentry, sheetrock, negotiable stocks and bonds in a vault etc.  In these years the inequality of the workforce is apparent some issues have changed and some not. My proposal is we stop using Ms. or Miss or Mrs. there is always a distinction for women and why is that? As a 71... more »

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Incentivizing Employers to Split Jobs to Create Opportunities Edited

Many higher-paying jobs, and even some lower-paying ones, require multiple functions and skills that could allow for the job to be split into two or even three part-time positions. Doing this would open opportunities for those who wouldn't otherwise be able to be employed at all, or not in that better-paying job, due to not having ALL the qualifications or experience, or not being able to work full-time (single parents/caregivers,... more »

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Promoting Gender Equity in the Workplace

Technology advancing Gender Equality in a way never done before

I spent 27 years in information technology in both High Tech and Oil and Gas. I left my career to pursue a passion to use technology to advance gender equality in a way never done before. The initiative is iSAW powered by Unily, an award winning digital technology. Academic institutions are key alliances for iSAW by bringing the best of academic research into the delivery of iSAW services. iSAW is working with 12 International... more »

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Child Care

The biggest issue I had as a single parent working in road construction was finding child care open at 4am-8pm! It doesn't exist. That is what kept me out for a long time. My son raised his little brother from age 8. I got Child Protective Services called 2x for my kids being alone. Both cases dismissed but nothing scares a mom more that being at work from your child's school stating CPS is there and they have your child... more »

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Ensure Employers Protect Pregnant and Lactating Employees Edited

Pregnancy and lactation accommodations have long been a critical competent of ensuring women's full participation in the workforce and are even more important as we begin our economic recovery. Without necessary accommodations, pregnant and lactating employees risk their health, and the health of their families, to earn an income. Many calling WorkLife Law's free legal helpline (https://worklifelaw.org/covid19/) have... more »

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Improve Data Collection on Women and Children at Work

It is necessary to improve data sharing on women and children within the National Agricultural Worker Survey (NAWS). NAWS is conducted periodically (most recently in 2015-16) to collect demographic, employment, and health data in face-to-face interviews with farmworkers. The survey yields valuable information that informs policymaking. However, the survey does not collect information from children working in agriculture,... more »

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Creating Safe and Welcoming Workplaces

Women's Mental Health as an Occupational Health and Safety Issue

In order to create safe and welcoming workplaces, the federal government has an important role to play in ensuring the mental health of workers. Specifically, mental health should be recognized by the federal government as an occupational health and safety issue.

For migrant women, the pandemic created deeper challenges. Essential workers continue risking their health and safety everyday to ensure others' needs are met.... more »

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Feminize Policing in America

In the communities where women officer patrol or respond to police calls, community members report that women often have a calming and de-escalating effect on confrontations.  However, women continue to be underrepresented in police departments.   Increasing the number of women would have a two-fold impact, improving policing and providing higher-paid job opportunities.

 

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Revisit work on alternative workweek hours and rules Edited

We can't have work-life balance without new or even overlooked ideas about the workweek. I was asked in a screening interview whether I was available to work evenings and weekends for a salaried job. I said "No," and was never called back.

When I worked as an automobile service advisor, I had mandatory 10-11 hour days x five plus Saturday, as that profession is completely exempted from 40-hour week.

 

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Equity of financial independence for women on dependent VISA

I would like to highlight the ordeal of H4 visa holders in the US especially women. I have a post-graduate degree however since I am on a dependent visa, I have not been able to work for almost 6 years. The lack of financial independence can cause a lot of trauma and impact mental health and well-being. I have been lucky to volunteer continuously to engage myself, however, there are a lot of women who are educated and... more »

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