Today, People For the American Way (PFAW) released a new report, “The 2016 Election and the Economic War on Women,” detailing Republicans’ opposition to measures essential to women’s economic livelihood including paid family and sick leave, equal pay, affordable childcare, and protections from workplace discrimination.
The report discusses Donald Trump’s troubling rhetoric and Republican leaders’ harmful records on many of these policies. It also examines why these policies are critical for women, details the support these issues enjoy from the American public and businesses alike, and exposes and counters the right-wing groups that push back against these policies.
“Our political leaders – whether they describe themselves as ‘pro-choice’ or ‘pro-life,’ Republican or Democratic – should support the policies that are critical to women’s economic success, like affordable childcare and paid family and sick leave,” said PFAW Senior Researcher for Special Projects Miranda Blue. “Yet with the backing of right-wing groups, the Republican leadership in Congress continues to put up roadblocks against progress on these and other key economic policies for American women. And Donald Trump’s offensive and obtuse comments on these issues show how much a Trump presidency could hold back working women in our country.”
People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.