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Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security

Joan Entmacher

Joan Entmacher is Vice President for Family Economic Security at the National Women's Law Center, where she leads a team working to improve policies important to the economic security of low-income women and their families, including tax and budget, child care, child support, unemployment insurance, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, and Social Security. Ms. Entmacher is a leading expert on issues affecting low-income women. She has been invited to testify before Congress on several occasions, written numerous analyses and reports on income support policies and their impact on poor women, and spoken frequently at conferences, briefings, and to the media. Prior to joining the National Women's Law Center, Ms. Entmacher served as Director of Legal and Public Policy at the National Partnership for Women & Families, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College, Chief of the Civil Rights Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, and attorney in the U.S. Department of Labor Solicitor's Office. Ms. Entmacher is a graduate of Yale Law School and Wellesley College.

My Take

New York Residents: Keep Up the Momentum on Minimum Wage

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: May 25, 2012 at 11:12 am

There's good news and bad news for women and families in New York this week.

The good news: The State Assembly recently voted to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 per hour and tie it to the rising cost of living. That would mean an extra $2,500 each year for minimum wage workers in New York, nearly two-thirds of whom are women.

The bad news: To keep up the momentum on this critical issue, we need strong leadership from Governor Cuomo and the state Senate — or the bill is likely to stall.

More good news: You can help. Tell Governor Cuomo to fight for a strong minimum wage increase and tell your state Senator to pass the minimum wage bill, A. 9148. They need to hear from you!


New Jersey Residents: Take Action to Give New Jersey Women a Raise!

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: May 23, 2012 at 01:24 pm

You could help get hundreds of thousands of working New Jersey women a much-needed raise. More than half of the workers earning the state minimum wage of just $7.25 an hour are women. Many of these women struggle to support families on just $14,500 for a year of full-time work — thousands of dollars below the poverty line for a mom with two kids.

This Thursday, May 24 a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $8.50 per hour and tie it to the rising cost of living will be before the General Assembly.

Take action: click here to look up your Assemblymember's phone number. Then, call and ask him or her to vote YES on A-2162! Be sure to click on the "New Jersey" tab to find your STATE Representative (Assemblymember).

When connected, please tell your Assemblymember's office:

  • Your name, where you are from, and that you are a constituent.
  • Please tell _____________ that I strongly urge him/her to give hardworking New Jerseyans a raise by voting YES on A-2162. Thank you.

This bill would mean an extra $2,500 each year for many New Jersey women and their families.


Tax Millionaires and Big Oil Instead of Hurting the Poor? Can’t Allow a Vote on That.

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: May 10, 2012 at 02:58 pm

The ranking member on the House Budget Committee, Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced an alternative to the appalling budget bill the House is voting on and expected to pass today. Rep. Van Hollen’s proposal also would avert the automatic across-the-board cuts to defense and non-defense programs that are scheduled to take effect in January 2013. But instead of slashing Medicaid, Food Stamps, child care, and dismantling the Affordable Care Act, Van Hollen’s alternative would have produced savings by eliminating taxpayer subsidies for big oil, cutting unnecessary agriculture subsidies, and adopting the Buffett Rule to ensure that millionaires pay their fair share of taxes.

House members won’t be able to vote today on Rep. Van Hollen’s bill. The House Rules Committee refused to allow it.


House Votes Thursday on Deep Cuts to Health Care, Food Stamps, Child Care and More

Take Action: Tell Your Representative to Vote NO

Take Action: Tell Your Representative to Vote NO
Protect millions of women and families from the harsh spending cuts the House is voting on this week.
Take Action

They just never stop.

Earlier this year, the House of Representatives passed the budget blueprint introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). The Ryan budget calls for drastic cuts in programs that low-income women and their families depend on to meet their basic needs — and trillions of dollars in additional tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans and corporations.

This week, the House will vote on a bill to implement the Ryan budget by slashing Medicaid, Food Stamps (SNAP), child care, and more, and dismantling the Affordable Care Act.

Please contact your Representative TODAY and tell him or her to vote against these devastating cuts!

The bill the House is scheduled to vote on this Thursday, H.R. 4966, would:

  • Let states reduce eligibility standards for Medicaid, which women disproportionately rely on for health care coverage, and for the Children's Health Insurance Program.
  • Dismantle the Affordable Care Act, by eliminating funding for state health exchanges and community-level preventive and public health initiatives, and by reducing access to affordable health insurance coverage by discouraging the use of premium tax credits.
  • Terminate the Social Services Block Grant, which gives billions of dollars to states to support seniors and children, including critical funding for child care assistance.
  • Cut Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits, reducing monthly benefits almost immediately for about 44 million people and denying benefits altogether for as many as 2 million more.
  • Eliminate eligibility for the refundable Child Tax Credit for many immigrant families.

What It Takes to Live on Minimum Wage

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: April 26, 2012 at 03:44 pm

 Help Us Raise the Minimum Wage

Share Your Story
 Share your story about what it takes for women and families to live on the minimum wage.
 Share Your Story


That is what a woman makes working full time for a full year at the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

That's right — only $14,500 a year, which is below the federal poverty line for a family of three. For tipped workers, the federal minimum cash wage is only $2.13 an hour! And nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers and tipped workers are women.

We want to increase the minimum wage for all workers, including tipped workers, to give working families a boost and help close the wage gap.

But we can't do it without your help. We want to hear about what it takes to live on minimum wage from women who've experienced it.

If you have a story to share, could you share it with us?