Aside from launching a report with new national labor force estimates related to women in the workforce, Tchen participated in the Care Can’t Wait Day of Action, met with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Raimondo and business leaders, and spoke on the importance of caregiving in national media interviews.
ICYMI: TIME’S UP President and CEO Tina Tchen Traveled to DC to Advocate for the Needs of Caregivers as Biden Boosts Infrastructure Bill
Biden Administration, Caregiving, Equity, Paid Leave, Public Policy
WASHINGTON – TIME’S UP Foundation President and CEO Tina Tchen, participated in various events to lend her voice on behalf of thousands of caregivers. She highlighted how important it was to have caregiving included in the Senate Infrastructure bill and why these investments in caregiving are crucial to the nation’s long term economic recovery. During her time in Washington D.C.,Tina met with White House Officials, Congress, caregiving advocates, community members, industry and labor leaders, and celebrities to reimagine the indispensable reforms and actions needed for human care infrastructure in the United States to be effective, equitable, and just.
“We are encouraged by the progress announced by Senate leaders on the Infrastructure Bill, and continue to call on Congress to ensure that the historic investments in the caregiving infrastructure proposed by President Biden in his Build Back Better plan are included,” said Tina Tchen.
In addition to marching with community advocates and leaders at the Care Can’t Wait March on July 13, Tchen participated at an event on July 14 with the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo and executives from the TIME’S UP Care Economic Business Council including Tim Allen (CEO of Care.com), Katie Beirne Fallon (EVP Chief Global Impact Officer at McDonald’s Corporation), Jenna Johnson (Head of Patagonia, Inc.), Dara Khosrowshahi (CEO of Uber), and Louise Pentland (EVP Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer at PayPal). This gathering of over 75 leaders from the Care Economy Business Council reinforced the position that 300+ Council members took in a full-page ad in The New York Times: businesses and government must come together now to make urgent investments in our nation’s care infrastructure.
During the event at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Tchen stated, “As we heard from business leaders today, these investments are not only necessary for working families and for caregivers, they are critical for businesses to be able to compete in our global economy as other countries are far ahead of us on caregiving support. We must invest and modernize our caregiving infrastructure in this country.”
Later on that day, Tchen spoke with Andrea Mitchell, NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” During the interview, Tchen highlighted the importance of caregivers, “Women’s labor force participation is at levels we have not seen since the 1980s. We wiped out three decades of progress in a single year, and that’s not going to come back unless we give women and other workers the caregiving support that they need to come back into the workforce.”
You can watch the MSNBC interview here.
You can watch the Now This video here.
Also this week, TIME’S Up Foundation released their “Women’s Work: Key Policies and Paradigms for an Inclusive Post-Pandemic Economy,” report through the Foundation’s signature initiative,Time’s Up, Measure Up. Addressing the current labor force participation crisis must be a foundational policy priority at this time. Women’s employment is essential to building a strong and robust economy especially now given all the impacts of the pandemic. For more information, here is the press release and a copy of the report.
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Tina Tchen – TIME’S UP Foundation’s CEO and President
Tina Tchen serves as president and CEO of TIME’S UP Now and the TIME’S UP Foundation, overseeing the organizations’ strategic plans to change culture, companies, and laws in order to make work safe, fair, and dignified for women of all kinds. In 2017, Tina co-founded the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund with Robbie Kaplan, Fatima Goss Graves, and Hilary Rosen; since then, the Fund has connected thousands of people to legal or public relations support for sexual harassment across dozens of different industries.
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