Developed in collaboration with the Fiscal Policy Institute, the report highlights the disproportionate burden that the Executive Budget proposal places on women, children and families. NYWF hopes that this document will be instrumental in efforts to advance economic security and justice for all in New York City.
I had the amazing opportunity to participate in a NOW webinar moderated by Terry O’Neill, President of NOW, “The Budget Deal is a Feminist Issue.” The webinar discussed how Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) 2012 budget deal would cut several social services. Programs on the chopping block include Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics, Pell grants, job training, Head Start, childcare programs, and WIC nutrition programs. Women are overrepresented in each of these program’s recipient pools.
As an ever-growing proportion of state budgets and the second biggest state expenditure after education, Medicaid presents itself as an easy target when budget cuts are imminent. Wider Opportunities for Women’s recent webinar on June 30th, “Budget Battles: Threats to Medicaid,” summarized the threats posed to Medicaid with presentations from Angela Shubert and Jen Beeson from Families USA, Renata Pore from the West Virginia Center for Budget and Policy, and Andy McDonald of BerlinRosen Public Affairs. The webinar discussion delved into how advocates can shift the perception of Medicaid among politicians and the public by reframing the conversation surrounding the Medicaid program.
This fact sheetexplains why proposals to amend the Constitution to mandate a balanced budget would threaten Social Security benefits, even though Social Security is a self-financed, cornerstone social insurance program with dedicated revenues and a $2.6 trillion Trust Fund that can pay 100 percent of promised benefits for 25 years (and 77 percent after that). A Balanced Budget Amendment equates to a giant raid on the Social Security Trust Fund.
Yesterday, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) convened a call with the National Women's Law Center, National Association for the Education of Young Children, and First Five Years Fund. The purpose of the call was to raise awareness about the current precarious position of early childhood funding.
New York Times: As Britain faces bruising budget cuts, critics report that women "stand to bear the burden of 72 percent of the government's cuts" Leading women's rights groups and some officials consider the "emergency budget" unlawful, as it has a disproportionate impact on women and the poor.
"LONDON - As Britain prepares for the deepest budget cuts in generations to tackle a crippling mound of public debt, the government is facing a pressing legal question: Is its austerity plan sexist?
Like other wealthy nations including the United States, Britain ran up an unprecedented deficit in recent years - a liability that ballooned with a $39 billion stimulus package unleashed against the Great Recession. Now, the new government headed by Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron is making a round of spending cuts that not only roll back that stimulus but also hit at the heart of Britain's social safety net and big government machine.
Women, recent studies here show, are far more dependent on the state than men. Women are thus set to bear a disproportionate amount of the pain, prompting a legal challenge that could scuttle the government's fiscal crusade and raise fairness questions over deficit-cutting campaigns underway from Greece to Spain, and in the United States when it eventually moves to curb spending.
One major target in Britain, for instance, is the bloated public sector, with as many as 600,000 government jobs - or one in 10 - potentially on the chopping block. But 65 percent of state employees are women, including single mothers in part-time job programs, setting them up to suffer more than men."
According to Obama’s FY2011 Budget proposal released earlier this month, key investments for greater economic security and job creation are education, clean energy, infrastructure and innovation. An article in the Christian Science Monitor this week picks up on that last investment. Says the article,