In recent years, women and their families have been working hard in pursuit of finding the American Dream. But they continue to struggle financially, in large part due to wealth and income inequality, stagnant wages, and the rising costs for basic necessities. Today, 46.2 million people live in poverty in our nation -- nearly the same number as in 2010. Many women, girls and their families are unemployed, underemployed, hungry and suffering from a lack of affordable and accessible health care and housing. Far too many families live paycheck to paycheck.
As the economy rebounds from this economic crisis, it is essential that the government help, not harm, women and families through responsible and balanced budget and tax policies.
Conversations in Washington about how to address our nation’s debt and deficit are ongoing. Elected officials on both sides of the aisle, including the President, want to come to an agreement on a broad debt deal – one that would potentially cut over a trillion dollars from the federal budget, and could include changes to the sequester, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Some elected officials even support solving these problems by cutting billions of dollars from programs that help women, girls and their families. Congress can and must do better.
The YWCA advocates for common sense budget and tax policies, which will help women and their families. Women are standing up with us to declare that we cannot rebuild our economy or address the nation's debt without a fair and balanced approach. But we need your help.
In a time of economic crisis and mounting federal debt, our nation’s women and families deserve a fair and balanced approach to rebuilding our economy and addressing our nation’s fiscal challenges. It requires policies that protect women, low-income families, communities of color, seniors, the disabled, and military women and their families, all of whom are experiencing real hardships under the weak economy. A balanced approach to tackling the debt must be our nation's path forward. The challenges facing our nation and its people are too great for anything less.
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