U.S. Sen. Dick Dubin (D-IL) and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL,17) hosted a roundtable discussion focused on women’s economic security issues in Rock Island on Tuesday.
The talk called attention to the need for a living wage, equal pay for equal work and access to affordable child care.
“When women succeed, America succeeds,” Bustos said in a statement. “By supporting women and their economic success, we will not only strengthen working families, but our economy and the middle class as a whole. That’s why I will continue to focus on enacting policies that support women’s economic success and therefore their families’ economic success.”
Durbin added that women too often “face financial pressures simply because of outdated policies that limit economic opportunities.”
“We have a problem in this country when women make up half the workforce, but earn far less than half the income,” the senator said. “About 60 percent of women’s job gains in the economic recovery are in the 10 categories of jobs that pay the lowest wages. It’s clear we need to raise the minimum wage, but we cannot stop there. We need to look at every issue affecting women’s economic security, including access to affordable health and child care. Ensuring that women can succeed will create brighter futures for individuals and families across the entire country.”