Women are more likely than men to face economic insecurity at all stages of their lives, due to ongoing employment discrimination, overrepresentation in low-wage jobs, difficulty accessing affordable, comprehensive health care, and greater responsibilities for unpaid caregiving. As a result, programs and policies that protect health, ensure access to high-quality child care and higher education, and help people meet their basic needs are essential to women and their families.  Policymakers can support women and their families, help ensure that basic needs are met, and expand opportunity for a stronger shared future by investing in the following priorities:

  • Protecting Women’s Health
  • Supporting Children’s Development
  • Improving Nutrition
  • Boosting Income and Supporting Work
  • Expanding Educational Opportunities
  • Making Housing More Affordable
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