Women's Economic Equality
Women earn only 77% of men's wages for equal work, despite outnumbering men in the workforce and despite the U.S. 1963 Equal Pay Act. Thus we should support intensified effort to see this unfair gap closed, including support for the Paycheck Fairness Act and similar legislation along with greater effort at enforcement.
Single mothers are the largest and most severely impoverished group in the United States, which explains why 22% of the children in our country live below the poverty line. Welfare reform has forced mothers to abandon their children while they travel to work at minimum wage jobs. With the extreme pay inequity, single mothers cannot afford child care, nurture their children, and move out of poverty.
We need real reforms to end poverty and return dignity and opportunity to all mothers. We call for implementing innovative programs that work with the particular and special needs of motherhood.
Mothers should not be forced to have outside employment to receive adequate welfare. Children are a nation's most valuable treasure and we must see that they are well nutured.
We also support other programs such as a universal basic income that will provide for those who nurture the next generation — work that is of incalculable importance to our society.
Michael E. Kerr