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We need workplace policies that make it easier for women to advance economically and protect women’s safety.

It’s time for transformational change at work.

During the spring and summer of 2020, and in the midst of a pandemic, hundreds of thousands of women dropped out of the workforce. First it was due to the collapse of female-dominated industries like hospitality and entertainment. But even as those industries rebuilt, women dropped out and stayed out of the workforce in unprecedented numbers due to caregiving responsibilities and low wages that don’t make working outside the home economically feasible.

We need economic policies that make it easier for women to succeed: a higher minimum wage, greater access to paid sick and parental leave, more affordable, quality child and elder care, and closing the gender wage gap.

Economic equality doesn’t mean anything until it happens for all women.

Women, overall, still make only 80 cents for every dollar that men do, and the gap is even worse for women of color: African-American women make only 61 cents, Native American women earn 58 cents, and Latina women earn 53 cents on the dollar, compared to white men. Why? Fields dominated by women are undervalued, women are often segregated into lower-paid sectors of their industries, and discrimination and harassment still put women at a disadvantage.

What should I do if I’m facing discrimination or sexual harassment at work?

Women’s Justice NOW, the charitable partner organization to NOW-NYC, provides workplace rights resources and referrals.

We are calling out corporate boards for their complicity in sexual harassment and sexual violence on their watch; making sure current sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination laws are working; building women’s executive leadership; and advocating for low-wage workers who face the harshest working conditions and have the least access to on-the-job protections.

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