It’s 2017. How is nearly half our economy still fighting for fair treatment?
Women make up almost half of the American workforce. They’re earning more than half of our college degrees. And they influence over 70% of household spending. If they’re getting a raw deal, that directly impacts our economic security.
Yet that’s exactly what’s happening. Women are doing almost 65% of America’s part-time jobs, and are often not compensated fairly for the work they do. For every 100 men serving in leadership and managerial positions, there are only 66 women. And these disparities don’t just affect the rich or the poor--they can be seen across economic strata.
That’s not just bad for women. It’s bad for our entire economy. A recent study suggests that if women attain equality in the workforce by 2025, the United States could add over $4 trillion to our annual GDP. In Massachusetts, that would mean a GDP boost of over $650 million--a 12% increase.
If we’re serious about building economic security and serious about fairness, we need policies that advance equal treatment of women and enable them to participate fully in the economy.
The United States must lead the global movement for workplace equity. It’s a matter of economic security, and it’s the right thing to do.
I’m fighting every day to rebuild America and renew the American Dream. I hope you’ll stand with me and fight for an America where hard work and grit--not gender--determine your opportunity and success. That’s how we’ll ensure the American Dream lasts not just for us and for our kids, but for generations to come.