By Eric Galatas
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — As Mother’s Day draws near, a new survey conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research offers a clearer picture of what women in Wyoming and across the nation really want.
C. Nicole Mason, president and CEO of the Institute, pointed out women have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-fueled economic downturn, and researchers polled more than 1,400 women on their economic concerns and policy priorities for the new administration and Congress.
“This year, moms want a little bit more than breakfast in bed,” Mason stated. “They want paid sick leave, they want equal pay for equal work, they want child care. They want all the things they haven’t had for so long.”
The Biden administration’s American Families Plan, part of a larger economic recovery package, includes federal child-care assistance, paid family leave and other family-work supports as essential infrastructure.
Critics in Congress said the price tag for Biden’s proposals is too high, and argued infrastructure spending should only include investments in fixing the nation’s roads, bridges and other works traditionally paid for by taxpayers.