Task Force on Older Women's Economic Security to President:
Women's Issues and Voices Must Be Heard in Budget Talks
Telephone Press Conference, Tuesday, May 24, 11 a.m. E.T.
May 23, 2011
At a May 24 telephone press conference, members of the Older Women's Economic Security (OWES) Task Force of the National Council of Women's Organizations will demand that President Obama's budget negotiations include women participants and women's views in the discussion.
Members of the media are invited to call in.
|Who:||Terry O'Neill, President, National Organization for Women (NOW)
Bobbie Brinegar, Executive Director, Older Women's League (OWL)
Cynthia Harrison, Vice-Chair, Women's Committee of 100
Gwendolyn Mink, Independent Policy Scholar
|What:||OWES Task Force to request a meeting with President Obama and Vice President Biden to discuss ways to include women's viewpoints in the current budget discussions and to ask that members of the administration with expertise on women's issues be added to the White House's advisory team working on the budget negotiations.|
|When:||Tuesday, May 24 from 11:00 a.m. E.T. to 11:30 a.m. E.T.|
|Call:||712-432-0900; Passcode: 230489|
Women are entirely absent from the meetings of the team Vice President Joe Biden has convened to address the federal budget, leaving the men behind closed doors with a real deficit in their discussions about issues critical to U.S. women, including health care and Social Security. Research has shown that women are gaining fewer jobs than men in the current economic recovery and are still suffering grave impacts from the recession; they also stand to lose disproportionately from the types of budget cuts being discussed.
Leaders of major women's organizations will call for the inclusion of women's concerns and voices in these discussions. Groups include: NOW, the Black Women's Health Imperative, the Business and Professional Women's Foundation, Dialogue on Diversity, the Older Women's League, U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce, Women's Committee of 100, Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement, the Women's Research and Education Institute, and the YWCA USA.
The National Council of Women's Organizations is composed of more than 200 women's organizations representing more than 12 million U.S. women. The Older Women's Economic Security (OWES) Task Force was formed in 1998 to study, monitor and act to enhance older women's economic security. NOW is a co-chair of the OWES Task Force.
For Immediate Release
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