November 26 2015
One News Now
Carrie L. Lukas
Female lawmakers are endorsing a so-called Women's Economic Agenda, but not every female agrees with their ideas.
The Women's Economic Agenda comes from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), which released the information this month flanked by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Connecticut), and special interest groups.
The agenda includes what organizers call 12 "bold, yet achievable" proposals to increase women's economic security through "closing the gender wage gap and fostering wage growth to all workers." These policies include raising the minimum wage and ending what EPI calls discriminatory practices that contribute to gender inequality while providing things like paid family leave.
"Raising wages and boosting economic security for women is an essential part of growing and strengthening America's middle class," Sen. Warren said at the unveiling. "The proposals in EPI's Women's Economic Agenda would be powerful steps forward in the fight to level the playing field for women and families across the country."
Carrie Lukas, managing director at Independent Women's Forum, agrees that a women's economic agenda is absolutely needed, but not one of this sort.
"You see it over and over again -- the push for a higher minimum wage, for government mandates on employers to provide additional benefits, all these new regulations. Some of this stuff sounds wonderful," Lukas admits. "Who doesn't want their employer to provide them with more paid leave time? But unfortunately, as Americans have seen, jobs dry up. That's, I think, the story of the Obama administration, the economic record. We have seen jobs disappear, wages stagnate, and part of the problem is that employers are being burdened with lots of new regulations."
Lukas tells OneNewsNow her idea of a women's economic agenda is one that moves away from government regulation and spending and toward economic freedom and opportunity.