The Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition (BCWAC) will hold its 11th Annual “Conversation with Elected Officials” on Friday, March 22nd at Pennswood Village, Penn Hall, in Newtown.
Leaders of BCWAC’s nonprofit partners will discuss the challenges facing their clients who lack economic security.
Elected representatives at the county, state and federal level as well as representatives of other important departments and agencies in Bucks County will attend and take part in a dialogue after the presentations.
Kathy Welsh Beveridge, president of BCWAC, said the Coalition is focused on issues surrounding the economics of women and work. “The 43 non-profit organizations that make up the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition regularly confront economic and bureaucratic hurdles for the working poor. More than 90% of our partners’ clients are women heads of household trying to work and care for family as they collide with systemic barriers to success: low wages, inflexible schedules, access to affordable healthcare, childcare and housing.”
She said that when those barriers come down, everyone benefits.
“According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, if employed women in Pennsylvania were paid the same as comparable men, their poverty rate would be reduced by more than half (from 7.3% to estimated 3.6%) and poverty among single mothers would also drop by more than half (from 27.8% to estimated 11.1%). If society wants working mothers to climb out of poverty, it should reinforce not remove the rungs on the ladder.”
For more info visit www.bcwac.org/events/.