The federal budget is a statement of values–where we make investments reveals what we value as a nation. We need a federal budget that prioritizes the well-being and future success of women and their families–centering the women of color, women with low incomes, LGBTQ women, women with disabilities, and immigrant women who face the highest levels of economic insecurity.

What’s at Stake Today

Our economic systems and structures disadvantage women, because of employment discrimination, overrepresentation in poorly paid jobs, and greater responsibilities for unpaid caregiving (and more). For decades, we have failed to make the necessary investments in child care, health care, education, quality jobs, housing, and infrastructure that women and communities of color need. And supports that help women and their families thrive and build towards a brighter future, such as nutrition assistance and tax credits for working families, must be expanded to fully meet their needs.

Unfortunately, we expect that some lawmakers’ misplaced concerns about deficits will cause them to try to cut back on spending rather than make the investments we need for a more equitable future. This is the wrong direction for our nation: right now, we need to rebuild our nation and economy so that it works for everyone – not just the wealthy few.

What Is NWLC Doing?

We show what budgets would mean for women and families. We work with lawmakers and advocates to make sure they understand what public programs mean to the lives of women, children, and families. And we show how making the wealthy and big corporations pay their fair share in taxes could raise revenues to invest in our shared priorities.