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Fast Facts: Economic Security for Virginia Families

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on June 20, 2015 at 5:45 PM

Originally published on Center for American Progress on June 19, 2015 by Ryan Erickson, Sarah Jane Glynn, and Heidi Williamson.

Families in the Commonwealth of Virginia and across the United States need policies that promote economic security for women and families. Working families need higher livable wages, women need and deserve equal pay for equal work, and parents need to be able to maintain good jobs and raise their children simultaneously. Strong economic security policies will enable Virginia women and families to get ahead—not just get by.

Family structure is shifting significantly. For most Virginians, the days of the full-time, stay-at-home mom are long in the past: Mothers are the sole, primary, or co-breadwinners in 61.9 percent of Virginia families. To promote the economic security of women and their families, Virginia’s policies should address the needs of working mothers and reflect the roles that women are playing to provide for their families. Here are seven policy areas in which policymakers and advocates can help women bolster their families’ economic security.
Provide access to paid sick days

Everyone gets sick, but not everyone is afforded the time to get better. Many women go to work sick or leave their sick children at home alone because they fear that they will be fired for missing work. Allowing employees to earn paid sick days helps keep families, communities, and the economy healthy.

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