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Friday, October 16, 2015

Maine Women’s Summit on Economic Security

Augusta Civic Center


In Building a Prosperous Maine, the Maine Women's Policy Center laid out a roadmap to economic security for women and our families. On October 16th, we’ll come together to turn those ideas into action. Be sure to mark your calendar so you can be a part of this energizing day with like-minded opinion leaders from across the state as we hear from thought-provoking speakers, participate in interactive workshops, and take advantage of opportunities to build our skills.

Here’s a peek at one of our speakers: Caroline Fredrickson, author of the upcoming book Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over.

  • Women make up 53% of low-wage workforce or “working poor,” defined as persons who spent at least twenty-seven weeks in the labor force but whose incomes fell below the official poverty level.
  • Women are 63% of minimum-wage workers.
  • Mid-wage jobs constitute 60% of jobs lost during the 2008 recession, but only a little more than 20% of those created during recovery.
  • By contrast, low-wage jobs were 21% of jobs lost during the recession but close to 60% of new jobs created since.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 11 percent of the workforce has paid leave.
  • Today the National Labor Relations Act still excludes domestic workers and farm laborers, and the Fair Labor Standards Act does not require overtime for farm workers or minimum wage or overtime for many domestic workers.

Caroline Fredrickson is the president of the American Constitution Society (ACS) and a senior fellow at Demos. She has been widely published on a range of legal and constitutional issues and is a frequent guest on television and radio shows. Before joining ACS, Fredrickson served as the director of the ACLU’s Washington legislative office and as general counsel and legal director of NARAL Pro-Choice America. 

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