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Friday, October 16, 2015

Maine Women’s Summit on Economic Security

Augusta Civic Center

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In Building a Prosperous Maine, we laid out a roadmap to economic security for women and our families. On October 16th, we’ll come together to turn those ideas into action. Register to be a part of this energizing day with like-minded opinion leaders from across the state as we hear from thought-provoking speakers, participate in interactive workshops, and take advantage of opportunities to build our skills.

Here’s a peek at one of our speakers: Caroline Fredrickson, author of the upcoming book Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over.

  • Women make up 53% of low-wage workforce or “working poor,” defined as persons who spent at least twenty-seven weeks in the labor force but whose incomes fell below the official poverty level.
  • Women are 63% of minimum-wage workers.
  • Mid-wage jobs constitute 60% of jobs lost during the 2008 recession, but only a little more than 20% of those created during recovery.
  • By contrast, low-wage jobs were 21% of jobs lost during the recession but close to 60% of new jobs created since.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 11 percent of the workforce has paid leave.
  • Today the National Labor Relations Act still excludes domestic workers and farm laborers, and the Fair Labor Standards Act does not require overtime for farm workers or minimum wage or overtime for many domestic workers.

Caroline Fredrickson is the president of the American Constitution Society (ACS) and a senior fellow at Demos. She has been widely published on a range of legal and constitutional issues and is a frequent guest on television and radio shows. Before joining ACS, Fredrickson served as the director of the ACLU’s Washington legislative office and as general counsel and legal director of NARAL Pro-Choice America. 


Interested in sponsoring, advertising, or tabling at this event? Download this form or contact Kathy at (207) 622-0851 x3 or

Volunteer opportunities are also available. Contact (207) 622-0851 x2 or


Building a Prosperous Maine: A Roadmap to Economic Security for WOmen and Their Families Signpost of Economic Security Policies

In 2014, we released a set of policy recommendations to strengthen women’s economic security. The recommendations would bring our workplace policies into the 21st century, meet working families’ basic needs, ensure that our children get a strong educational foundation and adults have the tools they need to support themselves, and make sure all Maine people have access to a full range of health care services.

Download the pdf: Building a Prosperous Maine: A Roadmap to Economic Security for Maine Women and Their Families

Press Release: Maine Women's Policy Center releases set of policy recommendations to strengthen economic security for women and their families

Press Conference Speakers: Eliza Townsend, Susan Feiner, Robyn Merrill, Paula Silsby, Andrea Irwin

Questions and media inquiries should be directed to Kathy at 207.622.0851 x3 or

Read specific policy briefs by clicking on the following links: Minimum Wage, Earned Paid Sick Days, Paid Family Leave, Protect Pregnant Workers, Equal Pay, Food Security, Housing Security, Earned Income Tax Credit, Early Childhood Education, Adult Learning, Health Care, Reproductive Health

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