Strong Start for Children: Building America's Future is a united effort to support a significant expansion of high-quality early learning opportunities for children ages birth to five, particularly those in low-income families, in order to achieve better education health, social and economic outcomes for all. Access to home visits for families with young children and high-quality early education and care opportunities for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers creates the foundation for children's futures. America is stronger when it promotes early learning policies that work for families to support strong, healthy, and successful children.
Only about one-half of teen mothers earn a high school diploma by age 22, compared to 89% of their peers who do not become parents as teens. Nearly 3 in 10 girls in the U.S. get pregnant at least once before age 20. Please improve the odds for teen mothers by asking your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Pregnant and Parenting Student Access to Education Act.
Equal Pay Day, April 9 in 2013, represents the day that the average woman's wages finally catch up to the average man's earnings from the year before. Thank the President for his leadership on fair pay and ask him to take the next step by signing an executive order on equal pay.
Girls across the country are still not getting equal opportunities to play sports or equal treatment when they do play. High schools provide girls with 1.3 million fewer opportunities to play sports as compared to boys. And girls often are assigned inferior facilities and game times, among other things. To make matters worse, when parents and students try to find out how their schools are allocating valuable athletic opportunities and resources, they are not able to get information. Please ask your Members of Congress to support the High School Data Transparency Act, H.R. 455 & S. 217.
January 22 marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade — the landmark Supreme Court decision that affirmed a woman's right to a safe and legal abortion. Tell your state policymakers to end the attacks on access to reproductive health care and to ensure that the rights affirmed by Roe v. Wade are around for generations.
Courts have created a pregnancy loophole that allows many employers to refuse to accommodate even simple requests to help workers maintain healthy pregnancies. Pregnant women have been fired because they asked to avoid heavy lifting, or to stay off ladders, or to sit on a stool instead of standing at a cash register all day. Please tell your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would deter wage discrimination by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and barring retaliation against workers who disclose their wages to coworkers. In this tough economy, more and more families are counting on women's earnings. Unfair pay practices make things even harder, especially for those families who rely solely on female earnings. Please voice your support.