Zonta USA Advocacy Action Center

Zonta International is a global organization of individuals dedicated to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. The Zonta USA Advocacy Action Center is a tool for our members in the United States and other individuals who share our commitment to gender equality to take action to improve the lives of women and girls. With your help, we can make a difference. In addition to the actions below, click here to support our joint efforts with UNICEF USA to end child marriage in the United States.

Help mothers return to the workforce
At the beginning of 2020, even in the face of continued gender and racial wage gaps, women made up the majority of the workforce for the first time in almost a decade. A year later, women have lost more than 5.4 million net jobs and account for 55% of overall net job loss since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

More than 2 million women have left the labor force in the last year. Millions more have been forced to cut back their hours or work around the clock to keep their jobs and be full-time caregivers. The impact on women of color is especially devastating. When 30 years of progress can be erased overnight, the underlying system is broken. 

The Marshall Plan for Moms recognizes these challenges and puts forward a framework of numerous provisions that aim to help moms return to the workforce so that they can resume and advance their careers and stop losing out on wages that are critical to their family’s economic security. The Marshall Plan for Moms (H.Res. 121 and S.Res. 87) is a bold 360-plan to get women back to work that includes:

  • Direct payments to moms, who have had their paid labor in the workforce replaced by unseen, unpaid labor at home.
  • Passing long-overdue policies like paid family leave, affordable childcare and pay equity.
  • Retraining programs to ensure women can fill the jobs that will exist.
  • Rebuilding and stabilizing the child care industry, with a vision toward universal child care and early learning.
  • Plans to safely reopen schools 5 days a week.

The Marshall Plan for Moms, named after the Marshall Plan that provided assistance to Europe after World War II, was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Grace Meng [D-NY] on February 11 and in the Senate by Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN] on March 3. Please use our pre-drafted letter to urge your members of Congress to co-sponsor and support the Marshall Plan for Moms. If they have already sponsored or co-sponsored the bill, you can send a message of thanks.

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