A new report by the Human Services Council of New York makes it clear – women will be negatively affected by federal, state and city budget cuts. Why? Because human services are critical to women’s quality of life in this city.
Human services enable people to get and keep jobs and thus serve as an economic ladder, making it possible for them to climb out of poverty and into the middle class. According to the report, 75% of New Yorkers living in poverty in 2009 were adult women or children.
Women who work are still paid less than men and are often segregated into low-wage occupations. Women are also the primary informal caregivers in the U.S., and thus rely heavily on child care, elder care, and family health services to help them work and meet their personal responsibilities – all programs threatened by budget cuts.
If you’d like to stand up for women in the Greater New York and Northern New Jersey area, here’s what you can do:
- Stay informed by visiting www.WhoCares-IDo.org, the HSC-NY’s campaign website, and by following @WhoCares_IDo and @nynjgoodwill on Twitter
- Write/call/email/tweet your representative. Here is a list of where to find them: http://www.whocares-ido.org/govContacts.html
- Spread the word, either through your own Facebook or Twitter page, in everyday conversation or with these flyers from Who Cares? I Do: http://www.whocares-ido.org/flyers.html
- Join us and countless other local human services organizations at an online rally on April 18th from 12-2pm to tell the Mayor to protect human services funding in his Executive Budget. For details: http://www.whocares-ido.org/calendar.html
The HSC-NY study “Dangerous Moves: How Public Funding Cuts to Human Services Hurt Women and Children” can be downloaded from http://www.whocares-ido.org/reports.html.