Working families are struggling to stay afloat as the currents against them run stronger every day. While the federal government fails to take action, conditions and compensation steadily decline. Some states have stepped into the void and improved the outlook for workers; others have done nothing. The result? An ever-widening divide.
Our economic recovery requires robust investments in child care, and child care workers. We can’t ask parents to bear all the burden, and we can’t ask workers to face rock bottom wages. We need the federal government to do more.
Each year, we mark gender pay gaps in the calendar. In 2021, August 3rd marks Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, when we note that Black women are paid 63 cents for every dollar paid to white men. Given that Black women do vital jobs, support families, and participate in the labor force in greater proportion than other women, what is going on?