When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: Linking Women's Economic Security and Small Business Success

Jul 19, 2013

By Liz Ben-Ishai

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s press conference yesterday announcing the House Democrats' Economic Agenda for Women and Families, “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds,” ended with Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez’s speech highlighting the importance of the Agenda to small businesses.  Congresswoman Velazquez is certainly an example of women succeeding; she is one of the few women (and the first Latina) to chair a full committee in the House. Velasquez is the ranking Democrat on the House Small Business Committee, which represents a community not always associated with support for policies like those in the newly announced agenda. Yet, as Velasquez showed, small business men and women have many reasons to support these policies.

Policies that improve access to childcare, enable workers to care for themselves and their families without risking job or wage loss, and ensure that women are paid fairly are crucial for small business success, said Velasquez, particularly for woman-owned businesses. Amidst critiques of such policies from some large corporations, Velasquez’s speech shed light on the truth: women, small businesses, and the economy in general all benefit from family and woman-friendly economic and social policies.

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