Family Security and Women’s Equity

Paid family leave and paid sick days promote economic security for all families, and greater equity for low-wage workers and women. Here’s why:

  • Women make up 60% of part-time workers and the majority of minimum wage workers – among the least likely workers to have paid leave. Paid leave allows all workers to care for children and parents who need them at critical times – while keeping their jobs and maintaining some income.
  • Three of every four poor mothers who miss work to care for sick children receive no wages while off work. Only 37% of mothers in low-income families are likely to be paid for staying home with sick children, while 64% of higher-income mothers receive paid leave. Paid leave promotes stable employment and improves women’s ability to build long-term assets for themselves and their children.
  • Nearly half of those caring for a loved one are working full time – and two‐thirds of workers caring for older family members lose earnings.  Paid leave allows workers to care for aging parents and arrange appropriate levels of support for them.
  • Being female doubles your odds of experiencing job termination related to family illness, because women are most often responsible for family care giving. Paid leave makes it possible for families to address emergent health needs quickly, thereby lowering family health costs.