In the wake of the Supreme Court abolishing the constitutional right to abortion, and on the heels of a pandemic and recession that has gutted women’s economic security, women—especially women of color, LGBTQI+ people, disabled women and immigrant women—are facing historic attacks that risk setting back progress for gender justice by a generation.
More than two years since the pandemic began, hundreds of thousands of women have not yet returned to the labor force. In the face of rising prices, women are making difficult decisions every day at the grocery store, gas pump, and when paying for other necessities. Women are struggling to find the child care and home care they need to be breadwinners for their families, even as the women—overwhelmingly women of color—who work in child care and home care are paid poverty wages for their essential work.
The bottom line: women’s and girls’ health and safety have been deeply compromised. We are not OK. And we will not silently watch as a generation of gains for women and families are dismantled.
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