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Women, Work, and Washington's Economy: How Budget Cuts Hurt All Three

Posted by Lori Pfingst at Feb 09, 2012 01:25 PM |

Our new policy brief, Women, Work, and Washington’s Economy: How State Budget Cuts are Hurting All Three, details the severe impact of the recession and state budget cuts on women’s employment, economic security, health, and safety.

Highlights include:

  • Of the $10 billion in state spending cuts already made, 93 percent have targeted education, health, and human services – areas that disproportionally employ and serve women;
  • Budget cuts are undermining women’s employment and our overall recovery as government jobs in education, health, and social services – where women make up nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of the workforce – are declining;
  • Time limits have cut 23,000 Washingtonians off from resources that support work and keep them engaged with the economy and over 27,000 fewer families are receiving assistance to help them afford child care so they can work; and
  • Proposed cuts threaten services for domestic violence and sexual assault as the need is rising and more women are requesting help with finding shelter, feeding their children, and other economic hardships.
Read the full brief.
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