At my day care, I often tell little girls they can be anything they want when they grow up. They can become astronauts, engineers, doctors, child care providers and even president of the United States.
Sadly, my precious students may go on to have great careers but they may still retire into poverty. There’s a retirement crisis in our country disproportionally affecting women who are 80 percent more likely than men to be impoverished at age 65 and older even though they work just as hard.
It’s time to tell Congress to help states address the retirement security crisis for women; not make it harder for working mothers, grandmothers and other women to save for the future. Tell your senators to say “no” to Senate resolutions S.J. Res. 32 and S.J. Res. 33.
Right now, Washington DC lawmakers are pushing resolutions to make it harder for states to help working people save for retirement. If passed, these resolutions would undermine our efforts to live in dignity as seniors. For many working mothers it would mean having to rely more on our children for financial support when we can no longer work. And for millions it would mean not being able to retire at all.
These resolutions are another example of how President Trump, his corporate Cabinet and Republicans in Congress are out of touch with the needs of working families, especially those headed by women.
Not only are state-based plans critical for today’s working women, they take a strong step in the right direction helping ensure future generations have an opportunity to retire with dignity after a lifetime of hard work and playing by the rules.
Together, we can tell Washington, D.C., that working families and especially working women are sick and tired of working harder and longer than ever before but not being able to enjoy a dignified retirement.
— Nancy Harvey, family child care provider and SEIU Local 521 member