Make Work Work
Alabama has the nation’s second-lowest labor participation rate in the country. The state cannot maximize its economic growth without full participation of numerous targeted groups, including women. We advocate alignment of the state’s workforce development structures and public investment and scaling of proven models—including education, training, and critical wraparound supports—that propel more women into in-demand jobs. Such opportunities both bolster economic stability for families and simultaneously address the state’s workforce challenges.
Additionally, we advocate for wages and family-friendly workplace supports such as child care and flexible hours that put women squarely in the driver’s seat of their own economic success.
- Alabama women earn 76 cents for every dollar earned by a man.
- If employed women were paid the same as comparable men, their poverty rate would be reduced by half.
- The gender wage gap adds up to $13.3 billion a year—money not invested back into Alabama’s economy.
- When more women participate in the workforce, wages for women and men increase.