PRESS RELEASE: PRESS CONFERENCE WED. 11:30 AM ET: BUSINESS LEADERS DISCUSS NEED TO INVEST IN CARE INFRASTRUCTURE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
April 13, 2021

Contact: 
Maddy McDaniel, Communications Director

[email protected] or 914-471-7716

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PRESS CONFERENCE WED. 11:30 AM ET: BUSINESS LEADERS DISCUSS NEED TO INVEST IN CARE INFRASTRUCTURE

Speakers: Patagonia General Counsel Hilary Dessouky, Thumbtack Head of People Jelena Djordjevic, Small Business Owner Marcia St. Hilaire-Finn

Underinvestment in Care Infrastructure Hurts the U.S. Economy and Disproportionately Harms Women, Particularly Black and Brown Women; Going Big On Care Infrastructure Investments Could Support The Creation Of 3 Million New Jobs

The Press Conference is Part of a #CareCantWait Week of Action During Which Leading Progressive Groups, Business Leaders, and Lawmakers Will Push for Major Investments in Care 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, April 14, at 11:30 am ET, leaders from large and small businesses will advocate for robust investments in the care sector during a press conference organized by Invest in America, PL+US: Paid Leave for the United States, and the Main Street Alliance. Register for the press conference here

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed and exacerbated pre-existing cracks and inequities in the caregiving economy, as a lack of affordable care and paid leave forced more than 2.3 million women out of the workforce and pulled women’s participation in the labor force to the lowest its been since 1988.

The investment in the care sector proposed in the American Jobs Plan and the forthcoming American Families Plan would create millions of new jobs for the women hit hardest by this crisis, generate hundreds of billions of dollars in new economic activity, and allow millions of women who have been pushed out of the labor force to return to their own careers.

Who: 

  • Hilary Dessouky, General Counsel, Patagonia 
  • Jelena Djordjevic, Head of People, Thumbtack 
  • Marcia St. Hilaire Finn, Owner, Bright Start Early Care and Preschool in Washington, D.C.
What: 
  • Business leaders discuss the need for investments in care infrastructure to counteract the “she-cession,” boost economic recovery, and ensure that businesses large and small continue to be productive and inclusive. 
When: 
  • April 14 at 11:30 am ET. 
Where: 
  • RSVP for the press conference here.

About Invest in America

Invest In America is a national rapid response operation advocating for robust public investment to rescue the economy from the COVID crisis and create prosperity for the future, and to fight back against fear-mongers who use deficit concerns as a scapegoat to starve American communities and businesses of resources. 

The operation consists of two components: Invest in America, the charitable and public education arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Economic Security Project co-chair Chris Hughes; and Invest in America Action, the advocacy and social welfare arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project Action funded by Chris Hughes and the Omidyar Network.

Learn more at InvestInAmericaNow.com and @InvestNowUSA, and InvestinAmericaProject.com.

About PL+US: Paid Leave for the U.S.

PL+US (Paid Leave for the United States) is the national campaign to win paid family and medical leave for every working person in the US. 

PL+US has helped win paid family leave for nearly 8 million people through our transformative workplace campaigns at companies like Walmart, Starbucks, CVS and more in partnership with employees, employers, consumers, and investors. 

Learn more at: http://paidleave.us/ and @PaidLeaveUS

About Main Street Alliance

Main Street Alliance is a national network of small business coalitions working to build a new voice for small businesses on important public policy issues. Main Street Alliance small business owners share a vision of public policies that work for business owners, our employees, and the communities we serve.

Learn more at: mainstreetalliance.org and @mainstreetweets

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