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We at Texas Women’s Foundation are pleased to present the third edition of Economic Issues for Women in Texas. This 2020 study, based on research conducted by Every Texan (formerly the Center for Public Policy Priorities), again takes a comprehensive look at the four building blocks that are fundamental to the financial security of a woman and her family: child care, stable housing, education and health insurance. This study also reveals dramatic changes in our state’s demographics, and the challenges and opportunities we face in creating a more equitable society.
We encourage our Army of Advocates across Texas to use and share the study – and its platform of specific recommendations and potential actions – with lawmakers, as well as business and community leaders, to help shape policies and practices that impact women and girls.
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The Key Building Blocks
Housing is an anchor of economic security.
For most women, housing represents the single largest cost in their budgets.Learn more
Health insurance is a financial shield that many working-age women do not have.
Women and girls need health care, but for uninsured women, illness or an accident poses a serious threat to their economic security.Learn more
Access to child care is a critical work support Texas women need.
In many cases, the lack of affordable child care can force women who want or need to work to remain outside of the job market.Learn more
Education is the primary pathway to better-paying jobs and economic security.
With each step up in their education, women in Texas tend to earn more.Learn more
Texas policymakers need to support women in the workforce and their economic security, especially when it comes to reducing disparities for women of color. Policymakers can strengthen equal pay for equal work policies and establish paid family and medical leave programs. Making college and higher education more affordable creates pathways to economic opportunity. Fully funding pre-K programs, increasing subsidized child care, and implementing paid sick leave policies support families’ economic stability.
Improving access to health care and crafting health insurance options that close the coverage gap for low-income adult women also helps Texas retain billions in federal aid. Working to help communities secure federal housing funding provides survivors of domestic violence and Texans of various backgrounds with a foundation for economic security. These policies, along with continued public-private partnerships, will go a long way towards providing fair opportunities so women of all backgrounds can reach their full potential.
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