(Washington, D.C.) As an economic recession grips families and communities across the nation, a coalition of leading women’s rights organizations are calling on Congress to take necessary action to help women survive this disaster and the next one.

The following is a statement from Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center:

“The economic pain impacting millions of families right now is not the fault of a viral outbreak alone. This recession was made possible by generations of politicians from Wall Street to Pennsylvania Avenue who silenced women’s voices and suppressed women’s needs. Any effort that carries on with this tradition will only serve to make our society more unjust, more unfair, and less able to survive the next disaster to reach our shores. Congress must finally close the gaps in our system that have suppressed the lives and potential of countless women and their families, and set us up for a recovery that is truly for them, and felt by them.”

The letter to members of Congress sets out a roadmap to:

  1. Put women and their families ahead of corporations, including ensuring women have workplace, health, and other critical protections they need.
  2. Get relief to women and their families NOW.
  3. Stabilize state and local governments and the services and jobs they support.
  4. Do No Harm–eliminate and reject barriers to health care, including reproductive health care.

The letter in full and list of signatories can be found here.

Click here to learn more about the work of NWLC in response to the coronavirus outbreak and the ensuing recession.

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