Women Must Have a Seat at the Table in Funding Coronavirus Relief Efforts

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This crisis requires swift, targeted actions that are driven by, and responsive to, the needs of each community—not a one-size-fits-all federal aid package.

Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to U.S. Congress, once advised, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”

This feels especially prescient for women and other marginalized groups as Congress continues to negotiate aid distribution for a $2.2 trillion funding package—the largest fiscal relief measure in our nation’s history—in an effort to help offset the effects of the coronavirus crisis.

Even as families are starting to receive their relief checks, we know it won’t go far enough. A one-time relief package in the midst of a crisis neither addresses the many challenges that lay ahead in a world profoundly changed by this pandemic, nor the existing economic,…

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