For Immediate Release
September 30, 2016
American Women Statement on New Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors and Equal Pay Guidelines
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today American Women Executive Director Kate Black issued the following statement on the Obama administration’s final rules on paid sick leave for federal contractors and new equal pay guidelines, a move that will impact millions of people.
“We applaud the recent announcements on paid sick leave and equal pay as steps in the right direction for workers across the country. These two new rules are a welcome relief that will impact millions of families. Our outdated workplace policies must keep pace with the demands of our changing workforce. These two rules are significant steps toward economic security for women. We need more leaders, especially women leaders, whose perspectives will shape workplace policies that give hardworking families a fair shot to get ahead.”
American Women seeks to strengthen American democracy by increasing public awareness of the issues impacting women and families. Through extensive research and polling, American Women increases awareness of the needs, values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of women with regard to the critical issues facing our nation. The goal of American Women is to create an environment where policy makers are advancing sound solutions that will benefit the lives of women and families. The voice of American Women works to shape the debate surrounding issues that matter to women and their families to ensure they are part of the public discourse. American Women is an affiliated organization of EMILY’s List, which has been doing research about the needs and views of women for nearly 20 years.
Sonia Melendez Reyes