By Dan Mayfield
U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday to talk about her new economic plans that focus on women and families.
Pelosi is traveling to gain support for the “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds” economic agenda, which involves a variety of protections for women in the workplace.
“This particular agenda is focused on how women are rewarded for their work,” Pelosi told the invited crowd of about 180. “It’s about equal pay, but that involves raising the minimum wage to a living wage. It’s about balance — that really requires that we need paid medical leave. And three, the crusade we must go on is affordable, accessible child care for all.”
Though she didn’t address funding issues for her proposals, the agenda includes support for paycheck fairness, investing in job training, paid sick leave, expanded family and medical leave, and a bevy of child care proposals.
Nationally, women make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, and women account for two-thirds of minimum-wage workers, Pelosi said.
“Child care is the missing link,” Pelosi said. “It’s important for men, too, and it’s important for families.”
Pelosi was introduced by Lujan Grisham, who said she’s supporting the Democratic party leader’s plans, as well as Pamelya Herndon, executive director of the Southwest Women’s Law Center, and Whitney Warner, an employment attorney with Moody & Warner PC, who discussed the legal issues involved with new and proposed legislation that would benefit women.