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December 20, 2021
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“Members of Congress must keep working towards a compromise on these important investments in the American people,” says C. Nicole Mason, President and CEO of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Washington, D.C. — The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) today expressed disappointment that the Build Back Better bill will not move towards passage in its current form, but encouraged members to continue to strive towards compromise on these vital investments.
“The Build Back Better bill is a down payment on a more equitable economic future for America’s women and their families,” said C. Nicole Mason, President and CEO of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. “It provides critical supports necessary to bring about full recovery from the pandemic for America’s women and investments that would create a more economically secure future for families and workers. It is deeply saddening that lawmakers cannot come together on such crucial, common-sense legislation.”
Recent economic data show that women continue to struggle to recover from the pandemic. November jobs data showed a decline in job growth for women compared to the previous month. In November, women gained just 76,000 jobs, 36.2 percent of 210,000 new jobs on payroll (compared to 304,000 out of 531,000 in October). And women are still 2.3 million jobs behind pre-COVID levels, while men are 1.6 million behind.
“The Build Back Better bill is critical to the nation’s future and key to full recovery. We need the strong investments in workers, families, and communities the bill provides. Without them, women and their families will continue to lag behind men and our economic recovery will remain stalled. Build Back Better is a win-win for women and the American economy and I encourage members of Congress to work together to make it happen,” said Mason.
The Institute for Women’s Policy Research strives to win economic equity for all women and eliminate barriers to their full participation in society. As a leading national think tank, IWPR builds evidence to shape policies that grow women’s power and influence, close inequality gaps, and improve the economic well-being of families. Learn more at IWPR.org and follow us on Twitter.