ThinkTN in the News: More women in the workforce will keep Tennessee’s economy growing

The Tennessean (May, 17, 2019) — Half of Tennessee families depend on a female breadwinner, yet over 40%t of female-headed families in our state live in poverty. Women in Tennessee are paid less than men on average and are twice as likely as men to hold a low-wage job. Much of our country’s economic growth over the last 40 years is due to the increasing number of working women, but Tennessee has been relatively slow …

ThinkTN in the News: USA Today state new round-up

USA Today (May, 17, 2019) — Nashville: Women in the state who are financially responsible for their families’ economic well-being face several obstacles to gaining economic security that often start with hurdles during pregnancy, according to a study by ThinkTennessee and A Better Balance. The “State of Our State: Women in the Workforce” report emphasized the need for paid leave, workplace pregnancy accommodations, access to affordable and quality child care, and other policies to retain …

ThinkTN in the News: State report shows women-led households experience poverty at higher rates

WBIR News Knoxville (May, 15, 2019) — Think Tennessee and A Better Balance released a report Tuesday on the state of working women in Tennessee and the findings paint an extremely detailed picture. “More of our female heads of households are living in poverty than most families across the country,” Think Tennessee president Shanna Hughey said. She said the biggest issue is women supporting families both statewide and nationally carry a heavy load. “There’s a …

ThinkTN in the News: Tennessee women face hurdles to economic security, new study says

The Tennessean (May 14, 2019) — Women in Tennessee financially responsible for their families’ economic well-being face several obstacles to gaining economic security that often start with hurdles during pregnancy, according to a study by ThinkTennessee and A Better Balance. The “State of Our State:Women in the Workforce” report emphasized the need for paid leave, workplace pregnancy accommodations, access to affordable and quality child care and other policies to retain mothers in the workforce. Nearly 55% of Tennessee …

ThinkTN releases latest State of Our State Policy Brief

Nashville, Tenn. (May 14, 2019) – Over 40% of female-headed families in Tennessee live in poverty. Despite some initial steps to address this problem, the 2019 legislative session has concluded without key protections for Tennessee’s working women and their families. A new policy brief released today by ThinkTennessee and A Better Balance highlights the key economic barriers women in Tennessee face and outlines policy proposals to remove those barriers and strengthen the state’s economy. “This …