When we say we cannot afford quality child care for all, culturally supportive birth options, and fair housing, we are being disingenuous. What we are saying is that we prefer to spend the money in other ways.
“The vitality of our region, and the strength of our rural economy, depends on everyone being able to contribute, and it starts before birth. We need to ensure all our kids — our Indigenous children, our seventh-generation immigrant children, and our first-generation immigrant children — get the best possible start to life.’’ — Southwest Initiative Foundation President Diana Anderson
The annual report on the status of women and girls in Minnesota. More than 60 people from a variety of organizations and coalitions gathered and analyzed data about economics, safety and security, health and reproductive rights, and power and leadership.
“Since women make up nearly three-quarters of the low-wage labor force, they were disproportionately affected by the governor’s veto of the minimum wage increase. … A single parent with one child would have to work more than 100 hours a week at minimum wage in order to meet basic needs.” – Kris Jacobs, JOBS NOW Coalition