But as the report notes, workplaces, laws and public policies have not kept pace. The Valuing Families Agenda (familyvaluesatwork.org, nationalpartnership.org) details policy solutions that can remove many of the barriers that persist. These barriers include the fact that too many women and men are still forced to choose between supporting their families and caring for them.
The signers — representing women, labor, business, faith, children, aging and caregiver groups — support a new standard of paid sick days that will ensure that workers aren't fired for being sick or caring for a sick family member. The Agenda also urges policymakers to make family leave accessible and affordable to everyone. And it notes that workers need greater control over their schedules in order to care for their loved ones.
“Women aren't the only ones who have a stake in securing these changes,” said Ellen Bravo, executive director of the Family Values @ Work Consortium. “Men, families, businesses and the nation as a whole will all benefit.”
“The Shriver report does the nation a real service by raising critical issues that have a profound impact on families today,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families. “We need solutions that will help America’s workplaces catch up with the realities described in this book.”
The Valuing Families Agenda, co-signed and supported by more than 40 organizations, will be released Tuesday, October 20 at an audio news conference.
WHO: Debra Ness, National Partnership for Women & Families; Ellen Bravo, Family Values @ Work Consortium; and Avis Jones-DeWeever, National Council of Negro Women.
WHAT: Release of Valuing Families Agenda
WHEN: Tuesday, October 20, 12:30 p.m. EDT
How: Toll-Free Number: 888-455-2265 - Pass Code: “Agenda”
To reserve a spot, please call Nancy Bennett, (800) 834-1110
Media wanting a list of workers who can speak from personal experience about needing paid sick days, affordable family leave or flexible schedules can contact Ellen Bravo at email@example.com. Media participating in the audio conference can ask speakers about the same list.
An embargoed copy of the Valuing Families Agenda as well as a listing of the organizations supporting the Agenda is available here.
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at www.NationalPartnership.org.