ON-Lion Letter
While women in America have more opportunities than ever before, significant challenges and hardships remain.  Today, millions of American women are jobless; their labor-force participation rate is at its lowest level since 1988.  Many women aren't working because they can't find jobs that pay enough or offer the hours and flexibility that they need.  Moreover, everyday living expenses -- the cost of goods, services, home, and energy -- have steadily increased, leaving families stretching their budgets further. 

That's why the Independent Women's Forum (IWF) in Washington, D.C., released Working for Women:  A Modern Agenda for Improving Women's Lives in April.  The report presents a slate of policy reforms to improve the workplace and help more women and their families thrive without growing government. 

While some were once again using "Equal Pay Day" to convince American women that society is overwhelmingly sexist and more top-down government regulation is necessary to protect women and correct inequities, IWF is providing an alternative vision that empowers women by focusing on job creation, true workplace flexibility, and returning resources to individual women. 

"We want to change the conversation," IWF executive director Sabrina Schaeffer said.  "Working for Women lays out an alternative vision for helping women, in which they have more control over the most pressing parts of their lives.  Our call to modernize laws and roll-back burdensome labor regulations is the best way to ensure women can pursue their own vision of happiness and success." 

The report details 20 specific policy reforms that encourage real workplace flexibility and job creation so that women have truly fulfilling employment opportunities.  Most importantly, these policies return resources and control to individuals, so that they can make decisions that work best for them. 

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports IWF.
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