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Monday, August 25, 2014

See How Women Are Faring Economically in MN

The Legislative Office on the Economic Status of Women recently released a report of listening they conducted across MN earlier this summer. In the cover letter accompanying the report, I found this quote particularly meaningful:

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.

Karen Shirer
Associate Dean

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