HERvotes Blog Carnival: Women Must Speak Up for Their Jobs
Posted by sherrysaunders on September 15, 2011
Women have lost more than 200,000 jobs since the recovery began. It is, therefore, with keen interest that women should be looking at proposals to create jobs. Always high on everyone’s list when it comes to job creation is infrastructure, the effect of those jobs can be immediate. Certainly our roads, bridges, schools, and sewers need work but those jobs often leave out women unless training accompanies the proposal. With training on the table, women can start making that move to higher paying non traditional jobs. Women need to speak up in support of training programs.
One reason women have lost more jobs has been the massive cutbacks in the ranks of teachers. It is expected that an additional 100,000 to 300,000 teachers will lose their jobs in the next year. That means any plan that will help women must protect teaching jobs. Not only would this be good for those teachers but is vital to our nation’s future as well. Only an educated population will be able to compete in the international market place. Women need to speak up in support of protecting teaching jobs.
At a time when the Census Bureau reports that the number of Americans in poverty jumped to 15.1 percent and with more than 17 million women living in poverty, we need to deal with immediate problems as well. When unemployment is high and long term, we need to protect those who have lost their jobs yet have families to feed and bills to pay. Extending unemployment insurance will protect those 2.6 million women currently in danger of losing their benefits. In addition, those dollars will have a ripple affect as they are spent in communities across the country putting money in the cash registers of markets, shops, gas stations and other small businesses. Women need to speak up in support of protecting unemployment benefits.
So, if women want a job creation program that recognizes our needs, we must speak up and let policy makers at the local, state and federal level know that we want them to remember women when they are implementing job creating proposals. Women also need to be registered and be ready to vote for those who have our best interests at heart.
This post is part of the #HERvotes blog carnival
President’s Jobs Plan Benefits Women, by Ellie Smeal
The Care Crisis, by Premilla Nadasen
The Old Boys’ Club Still Meets on the Golf Course, by Holly Derr
Women Must Be a Part of Our Recovery, AAUW Executive Director, Linda D. Hallman, CAE
Where Are the Jobs for Recent Graduates, Kendra McCormic, National Council of Women’s Organizations
Jobs Blog Carnival: Women and Jobs are Central to US Economic Recovery, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Moms Rising
Top 5 Tips for Working and Breastfeeding, Bettina Forbes, Best for Babes
Living on a prayer? Latinas need jobs and the ability to live with dignity, Anjela Jenkins, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Female Veterans and the American Jobs Act, National Association of Social Workers
“Do You Mind Taking a Short Detour So I Can Vote?” , Emily Alfano, National Council of Jewish Women
Where’s the Women’s Opportunity, Amy Williams, Ms Magazine
A Recession for White Americans: A Depression for Black and Latino Americans, Caroline Heldman, Ms Magazine
Mancession Gives Way To He-covery, Hanna Gorden, Feminist Majority Foundation
Young People Hit by High Poverty and Unemployment, Choices Campus