STATEMENT: CAP President and CEO Neera Tanden on International Women’s Day
Contact: Madeline Meth
Washington, D.C. — To mark the 104th International Women’s Day, Center for American Progress President and CEO Neera Tanden issued the following statement:
Today’s International Women’s Day is different from last year’s. Like last year, we’ll celebrate women’s accomplishments today and reflect on how we can make gender equality a reality. But unlike last year, the moment to push for progress won’t be over by tomorrow. That’s because during the last few weeks and months, leaders have emerged who want to talk about eliminating structural barriers that undermine women in the workplace and empowering women into leadership roles. And people are listening. Americans aren’t sitting idly by, comfortable with the fact that less than 60 percent of workers are eligible for paid family leave; that the United States remains the only wealthy developed country not to guarantee paid maternity leave; and that the United States ranks 55th—behind Pakistan and Uganda—in female political representation.
Today is only a jumping-off point. We need to continue the conversation about changing our culture and taking bold policy action until gender equality in the workplace is a reality.
In honor of International Women’s Day, the Center released a number of resources that celebrate the accomplishments of women worldwide, illustrate the challenges that women still face, and suggest that by addressing women’s issues, we can simultaneously confront broader challenges:
- Continuing Former Secretary of State Clinton’s Efforts to Elevate the Global Status of Women and Girls Is a Must By Peter Juul and Arpita Bhattacharyya
- Infographic: Where Are U.S. Women in 2013? By Jane Farrell
- The United States Needs to Guarantee Paid Maternity Leave By Sarah Jane Glynn and Jane Farrell
- 10 Facts You Need to Know About Immigrant Women (2013 Update) By Ann Garcia and Samanta Franchim
- True Sustainability Requires Gender Equality By Adam James
- Rethinking How to Address the Growing Female Prison Population By Sally Steenland
- Why Global Economies Need to Invest in Women of Color By Julie Ajinkya
- We Can’t Afford to Ignore the Benefits of Breastfeeding By Sophia Kerby
- The Top 13 Women of Color to Watch in 2013 By Sandra Shaker
- The Faces of Indian Women By Sabina Dewan and Anand Bhaskar Morla
For more information, visit our International Women’s Day page here.
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