Most U.S. workers are women, but their needs are still ignored

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By: C. Nicole Mason

Recent data released from the Department of Labor show that for the first time in 10 years, women make up more than half (50.04%) of the workforce. Many have celebrated this milestone as proof that women are inching toward equality in the workplace. After all, a hallmark of women’s equality in America has always been increased labor force participation.

For women in today’s economy, however, increased employment also carries an increased burden. Women earn less, have less flexibility in terms of their work schedules to meet caretaking demands, and are more likely to experience discrimination based on gender or sexual harassment than their male counterparts in the workforce.

In this election cycle, candidates must do more to speak to policies that improve women’s economic security and well-being.

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