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/ 09.10.23 /
Working for Women Joins Forces with NationSwell’s Childcare Collaborative to Boost Gender Equity and Access to Childcare
Working for Women is a member of NationSwell’s Studio Childcare Collaborative, a groundbreaking alliance aiming to revolutionize the childcare system in the United States. This collaboration is enriched by the inclusion of several key partners: American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Pivotal Ventures, and, of course, Working for Women. Together, our goal is to dismantle systemic barriers hindering women, especially low-wage earners, from entering, returning to, or staying in the workforce by creating a more equitable and accessible childcare infrastructure.
The Importance of Childcare
Access to reliable and affordable childcare is not just a personal issue but a societal one that significantly impacts the economy. Women disproportionately bear the burden of childcare, often sidelining their careers for lack of adequate support systems. The implications are wide-ranging, affecting not only the individual women but also their families and communities. When women can’t work, poverty rates increase, economic productivity suffers, and we lose a wealth of untapped potential.
NationSwell’s Studio Childcare Collaborative: An Overview
NationSwell’s Childcare Collaborative is a groundbreaking initiative designed to challenge and change the existing norms around childcare. Recognizing the issues of inequity and inaccessibility that plague the current system, the collaborative brings together key stakeholders including policy makers, industry leaders, and organizations like Working for Women to create targeted solutions.
The Role of Working for Women in the Collaborative
Working for Women brings a unique perspective to NationSwell’s Childcare Collaborative by focusing specifically on the challenges faced by low-wage earning women. Our expertise in advancing gender equity and economic empowerment is a valuable addition to the initiative. Through research, advocacy, and direct intervention, we aim to develop and implement strategies that will make high-quality childcare accessible and affordable for all.
A United Path Forward
The partnership between Working for Women, American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Pivotal Ventures, and NationSwell’s Studio Childcare Collaborative is a monumental step in addressing the systemic inequities of our childcare infrastructure.
In a society where women’s active participation in the workforce should be a given, this multi-stakeholder collaboration is not just timely but imperative. Together, we are striving for a future where access to childcare is equitable, empowering millions of women to contribute fully to our society and economy.
Stay tuned for more information on this collaboration before the end of the year.