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The Opportunity Plan: 5 Simple Solutions To Empower Women In The Workplace

Today, women make up around 50% of the workforce, and families rely on women breadwinners more than ever before. Yet for decades Congress has failed to update federal policies to keep up with the needs of our changing families and workforce. If our economy AND families are going to thrive in the 21st Century, we must ensure we are giving a fair shot to half our workforce. That starts with empowering women with the tools and opportunities to achieve financial security for their families.

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1. Paid Family & Medical Leave

Rebuilding America's middle class relies on keeping every woman who wants to work in the workforce and earning a paycheck. To help make this a reality, Senator Gillibrand will introduce The FAMILY Act, which would create a fully self-sustaining paid family and medical leave program that would provide financial security for our families at the moment they need it most. Learn more here.

2. Raise The Minimum Wage

The American economy should be based on the fundamental principal of rewarding work. That is why we need the Fair Minimum Wage Act to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour over three years. Learn more here.

3. Universal Pre-K

The Strong Start For America's Children Act would fund a 10 year early childhood education initiative to expand early learning opportunities for children up to age 5. Learn more here.

4. Quality Affordable Childcare

Under Senator Gillibrand's proposal, families would have the option to deduct the cost of child care expenses as a business expense. Her plan also includes an expanded Child and Dependent Care Credit, allowing low income families with little to no tax liability, to have access to a fully refundable tax credit to help mitigate the cost of child care. Learn more here.

5. Equal Pay

It is time for Congress to finally pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would follow through on the promise of the Equal Pay Act by closing loopholes that perpetuate wage discrimination, hold large corporations accountable for unjust wage practices, and treat women fairly for their work. Learn more here.

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