Monday, October 19, 2009

Women majority of paid U.S. workers -- Ms. Magazine proposes next steps

Ms. Magazine
2009 Spring issue of Ms. magazine
Women are about to become majority of U.S. paid workers.
Find out what Ms. proposes the next 5 steps we must take to change government social policies.
Join in the national conversation on how government policies must change to reflect today's realities for women.

For the first time in U.S. history women are about to become the majority of U.S. paid workers. Yes, the majority. But the social polices of our government still do not recognize the changed role of women. See what Ms. proposes. And join in the conversation.
Ms. magazine to commemorate this historic milestone is releasing to dedicated supporters like you the Ms. feature article "Paycheck Feminism," which is about to hit Ms. readers' mailboxes and newsstands. This article by Karen Kornbluh and Rachel Homer proposes the 5 next steps we as a nation must take to change government social policies. And they are long overdue.
Ms. seldom pre-releases widely an article in its entirety to appear in its current issue. But we wanted everyone to read this article. What do you think must be done now to change U.S. policies?
The Shriver Report: A Women's Nation Changes Everything released today is a comprehensive study of this milestone. And Maria Shriver appeared on Meet the Press this past Sunday and will be on various NBC programs all week. She is engaging a national discussion on what must change.
Yes, women are the majority of U.S. paid workers but women are still discriminated against in wages, benefits, pensions, and social security. Plus workers still do not have paid family medical leave guaranteed nationwide (although numerous countries do) and very limited public funded child care.
In fact half of all women employees do not have one paid sick day. Moreover, the federal guarantee of unpaid Family Medical Leave only covers 47% of private sector workers. Ms. rethinks governmental policies still in effect that were designed for a very different time and leave women short changed.
We are also asking Ms. readers not only to read the article, but join in on the conversation. Send us your ideas about how government policies must change to reflect today's realities for women.
For a Feminist Future,
Katherine Spillar
Executive Editor

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