It was striking that the priority women's economic issues were the same in every region. Transportation, affordable and available childcare, need for a skilled labor force, affordable housing, poverty, poverty and isolation of elderly women. Nowhere was a lack of jobs mentioned. Rather, the ability of women (and men) to take advantage of a robust job market was hindered by lack of necessary skills, difficulty in finding affordable and available childcare, and transportation issues.
I strongly encourage all of you to read the report Women's Voices from Around the State (176 K PDF) and consider how the findings inform your work with individuals and families in MN.