Jun 28, 2012

Working women - still fighting to support their families

The internet has been buzzing this week about an Atlantic cover story called “Why Women Still Can't Have it All,” penned by Anne-Marie Slaughter, the first women to head policy planning in the State Department. Slaughter's brave, thought-provoking article focuses on the pressures felt by highly successful professional women, and is a much-needed antidote to much of the conventional wisdom out there on the topic.

Today, from Katrina vandel Heuvel, editor and publisher of the Nation magazine, comes an important counterpoint, or perhaps complement to Slaughter's piece. "Women who don’t have anything close to ‘it all’" focuses on the vast majority of working mothers in this country who - far from dreaming of having it all - are struggling to keep their families afloat at all.

As vanden Huevel reminds us, "More than 70 percent of all mothers and more than 60 percent of mothers with children under 3 are in the workforce. Two-thirds of them earn less than $30,000 a year. Nine of 10 less than $50,000. They work out of need, whether they want to or not. Half are their family’s primary breadwinner." Click here to read the full article - you'll be glad you did.

This is the stark reality facing most working women in America today - and the recent barrage of attacks on unions have made the problem even more severe.

The fact is, unionized women workers earn upwards of 11 percent more in wages or $2.00 more per hour than non-union women workers. Unionized women workers are also 19 percent more likely to have employer-provided health insurance than non-union women workers. The benefits don't stop there. Click here to learn more about how unions help working women and mothers. And the next time you see an attack on unions, remember, it's an attack on the very system that helps level the playing field for working women in this country.