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.

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.

The U.S. is the only high income nation not to offer paid family leave

Paid Family & Medical Leave will make it easier for new moms to have the time they need with their new babies without losing their job or financial security

And through Senator Gillibrand’s FAMILY Act, paid leave can be implemented at the cost of approximately one cup of coffee per week

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.

64% of all Minimum Wage workers are women

Raising the minimum wage to $10.10/hour would benefit 35 million Americans…

…including 17 million women

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.

Early childhood education sets children on a path toward success later in life and provides a high return on investment

Not only will Universal Pre-K prepare our kids to succeed academically and professionally

But it will also give working parents the flexibility to be able to contribute to their family’s financial security

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.

The average household with a young child spends 10% of their annual income on child care

Working mothers should not be left with the sole option of having to leave her job to take care of her kids at home

Making quality child care affordable for every family will allow all working mothers to remain in the workforce and pursue professional advancement

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.

Women make just 77 cents on the dollar a man makes

Closing the wage gap would help millions of families rise out of poverty and into the middle class


And boost U.S. GDP by up to 4%

Ultimately, the key to a growing economy…

…and an American middle class…

…that is built to thrive in the 21st century…

…is women.

Check out more articles on!

This post was created by a user and has not been vetted or endorsed by BuzzFeed's editorial staff. BuzzFeed Community is a place where anyone can post awesome lists and creations. Learn more or post your buzz!

  Your Reaction?

    Starting soon, you'll only be able to post a comment on BuzzFeed using a Facebook account or via our app. If you have questions or thoughts, email us here.


    Hot Buzz

    What’s The Most Insane Disney Movie Theory You’ve Ever Heard?


    Canada Finally Has A Timeline For Legal Weed

    Now Buzzing