It’s time for a 21st-century workplace that works for all Americans.
The modern family looks different than it ever has before. In 63 percent of families with children, all parents work. 32 percent of families with children are single-parent families. And yet, most moms and dads don’t have access to paid leave or flexible workplaces. On average, women are still earning 77 cents to every dollar a man doing the same work earns.
It’s time for workplace policies that give all workers the best chance to succeed at work and at home.
Join us for a conversation on working families for a 21st Century workplace at the Working Families Summit on June 23rd. Visit WorkingFamiliesSummit.org to learn more.
There are concrete steps we can take to give all workers the best chance to succeed at work and at home. These strategies must include making full use of the entire talent pool of workers so that our workplaces are fair, effective, and productive for employers and employees alike. In particular, tackling barriers to women’s success in the workplace is critical to achieving economic security for working families.
Women increasingly play a central role as the main or co-breadwinners in their families. Their gains – or losses – can be the difference between whether their family thrives or falls apart. Because of the pivotal role women play in the overall well-being of working families, policies that promote women’s economic security are essential to protecting working families’ economic stability.
PATHWAYS TO QUALITY EMPLOYMENT
One critical strategy to strengthen the economic well-being of working families is getting all workers into good jobs. This includes improving opportunities for women, who often have been shut out of higher-paying jobs or work in low-wage jobs that are chronically undervalued and have limited mobility.
- Equal Pay
- Raising Minimum Wage
- Improving Job Quality
- Access to STEM Jobs
KEEPING WORKERS IN GOOD JOBS
- Paid Leave
- Workplace Flexibility
- Child Care and Preschool
CREATING OPPORTUNITIES TO SUCCEED AND ADVANCE IN THE WORKPLACE
- Expanding Women’s Leadership Opportunities
- Changing the Culture of the Workplace
- Combating Workplace Discrimination
- Creating Career Pathways in Low-Wage Jobs
For more: http://workingfamiliessummit.org/issues/
The White House, CAP, and the U.S. Department of Labor to Hold White House Summit on Working Families June
Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress announced that it will partner with the White House and the U.S. Department of Labor to convene the White House Summit on Working Families on June 23, 2014. The summit will focus on elevating the ongoing national conversation about making today’s workplaces work for everyone and ensuring that women have a fair shot to help their families succeed.
“We know that when women succeed in the workplace, our families and our overall economy thrive,” said CAP President Neera Tanden. “We are excited that CAP will join the White House and U.S. Department of Labor in co-sponsoring this important summit because we know that helping to ensure that parents can balance their responsibilities at home and at work will be critical for companies’ bottom lines and the country’s economic growth.”
The Center for American Progress has developed innovative policy ideas—from paid leave to universal pre-kindergarten—that address the realities faced by working parents who are struggling to balance the demands of their jobs with the needs of their families.
- Nine Facts About American Families and Work
- Get Invovled
- The Issues
- WH Summit One-Pager
- Remarks by the President to Women Members of Congress
- Remarks by the President at Valencia College
- FACT SHEET: Expanding Economic Opportunity for Women and Working Families
- DOL Regional Forums
- Events Near You
- New York Regional Forum
Learn more: http://workingfamiliessummit.org
Presidential Memorandum — Enhancing Workplace Flexibilities and Work-Life Program