Des Moines, IA — Too many working families are struggling to make ends meet and to respond to the competing demands of work and family. Every day, women and men across Iowa confront impossible choices between ensuring their families are cared for and working in order to get by. What’s more, mothers are the sole, primary, or co-breadwinners in more than 7 in 10 Iowa families. Unfortunately, our public policies have not kept pace with the reality of what women and families need to put economic security within reach and have a fair shot to get ahead.
On Thursday, November 5, the Center for American Progress Action Fund and Progress Iowa will host a forum on women and family’s economic security and the concrete solutions needed so that working families can fulfill their obligations at work and at home without putting one or the other at risk. At the forum, state advocates, policymakers, and legislators will announce a legislative agenda and call to action for Iowa women and working families.
Sally Pederson, 45th Lieutenant Governor of Iowa (D)
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress Action Fund
Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder, Chairwoman, and CEO, Care.com
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director/CEO and Co-founder of MomsRising.org
Additional speakers and panels will be announced in the days leading up to the event.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
9:00 a.m. CT – 3:00 p.m. CT
1000 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
The Center for American Progress Action Fund is the sister advocacy organization of the Center for American Progress. The Action Fund transforms progressive ideas into policy through rapid response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing and advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders throughout the country and the world. The Action Fund is also the home of the “Progress Report.”
Progress Iowa is a nonpartisan multi-issue progressive advocacy organization with a network of nearly 30,000 progressives. Year round, Progress Iowa advocates for a stronger middle class, first-class public education, and fairness for all Iowans under the law. For more information, visit progressiowa.org.