I am Portia Wu, Vice President at the National Partnership, a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care, and policies that help individuals meet the dual demands of work and family. The National Partnership led the eight-year fight to pass the Family and Medical Leave Act and is a national leader in advocating for laws that help workers meet work-family demands. We are pleased to support the Work-Life Balance Award of 2010 and urge the Committee and the House to consider it as soon as possible.
This legislation comes at a critical time. Women now make up half of America’s workforce, and their incomes are increasingly important to families’ economic survival. At the same time, women continue to have primary responsibility for family caregiving. Today, four out of ten mothers are the primary breadwinners in their households and two-thirds of mothers contribute significantly to their families’ income. Working men are also investing more time in child care. And many more Americans are assuming eldercare responsibilities — a trend that will intensify as our country’s population ages.
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.