Pelosi and Female House Democrats Launch “An Economic Agenda for Women”
1:45 pm, July 19th | by Colette McIntyre
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) announced in a press meeting on Thursday that they will be launching a campaign built around economic issues that are important to women.
The agenda, named “When Women Succeed, American Suceeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families,” was designed by Pelosi, DeLauro, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) and Rep. Doris Matsu (D-CA) to bolster economic opportunities for women. Central to the effort are three key principles: pay equity in the workplace, an emphasis on work-family balance — including paid sick leave, and affordable child care.
“Our success as a nation really depends on our success of women,” Pelosi told reporters gathered outside the Capitol. “And this is something that has to be unleashed in a more important way than it has.”
The lawmakers insisted that the campaign isn’t “tied to specific legislation” nor a joint effort with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) who recently proposed a near identical agenda of legislative concerns. According to Pelosi and DeLauro, the campaign will hold weekly events through the rest of the calendar year, effectively making women in the economy an issue that is “too hot to handle” and thus catalyzing congressional action.
House Democratic women aim to amplify women’s voices on policies like the Paycheck Fairness Act, Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, paid parental leave, and child care subsidies. Pelosi stressed that the focus is strictly economic, so “hot button” issues like women’s health and the Supreme Court’s recent decision to narrow the definition of sexual harassment while important, are out of the agenda’s scope.
“We want to have many more women in Congress,” Pelosi said. “I keep saying, if you reduce the role of money in politics and increase the level of civility, you’d have more women in Congress, and that would be a very wholesome thing for our society, in terms of successes we can have for women.”
“Family Values @ Work applauds the efforts of Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro, Donna Edwards and Doris Matsui in spearheading the Women’s Economic Agenda,” Ellen Bravo, Executive Director of Family Values @ Work, wrote in a press release. “Our coalitions in the cities and states know earned sick days and affordable family leave are key to the economic security of families and to our nation’s overall economic stability, as well as key to women’s equality.”
“At heart, policies that value families at work strengthen the economy,” she continued. “These policies help keep people employed and with enough money in their pockets to cover their basic expenses and support local businesses. We are proud to be part of this initiative.”