National Council for Research on Women Premieres Ground-Breaking Childcare Report at
Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill June 20; Rep. Carolyn Maloney to Provide Opening Remarks
Event will launch “Leveraging Women’s Voices” Conference, focusing on women’s
economic security and leadership, June 20 – June 22, Washington D.C.
For immediate release www.ncrw.org
New York (June 18, 2012) – Today, The National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) announced a Congressional Briefing on June 20 to premiere the ground-breaking report, Caring for Our Nation’s Future: The Impact of ARRA Funding on Access to Childcare, at 2:30 p.m. on Capitol Hill, Rayburn Building. The report’s findings have national economic and policy implications that are particularly relevant in this election year, and calls on Congress to convene a hearing on the issue. Rep. Carolyn Maloney will deliver the introductory remarks.
Conducted by NCRW in partnership with the University of Georgia and University of Memphis, study’s findings and recommendations offer solutions that could revolutionize access to quality, affordable childcare nationwide.
“A lack of access to childcare services not only prevents workers from entering the workforce; for many families, it perpetuates cycles of poverty by reducing the resources parents have available for employment opportunities and educational advancement,” said Lynda Sagrestano, University of Memphis. “The difficulty that American families face in accessing stable and affordable childcare is a national tragedy, one that has deep implications for a nation struggling to recover from economic crisis,” added Chris Cuomo, University of Georgia.
The briefing will launch NCRW’s 30th Anniversary Annual Conference, Leveraging Women’s Voices, to be held June 20 - June 22, 2012 in Washington, D.C. The Conference will focus on strengthening women’s economic security and advancing women’s leadership, and will identify concrete action steps and collective strategies to impact the 2012 presidential election and usher transformative economic and social change towards greater gender equality.
“More women are living in poverty today than in the past 17 years. And women’s leadership across sectors is stalled at a paltry 16 percent. Meanwhile, women are the majority of U.S. voters and now comprise a majority of the workforce. It’s past time for meaningful and lasting change in the status of women nationally and globally – and this Conference aims to leverage women’s voices to deliver that change,” said Linda Basch, President of the National Council for Research on Women.
Held over three days, the Conference will provide a unique opportunity to bring together the nation’s foremost researchers, policy specialists, and advocates, as well as allies from government, business, media and philanthropic circles, who will participate in a dynamic series of panels, workshops, networking, and strategy sessions to collectively build an action-oriented agenda impacting the 2012 election year. Key topics will include: building sustainable economic security for low-income women and families; generating a collective impact approach to drive meaningful social change; and building the next generation of women leaders.
Click here  for the Executive Summary
Click here  for a copy of the full report
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