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 …

ThinkTN in the News: Don’t do it, Tennessee: Voter registration proposal a step back for civil rights.

The Tennessean (April, 24, 2019) — Tennessee leaders must do everything they can to encourage more, not less voter participation. A bill that punishes voter registration drives could derail the progress Tennessee has made on voter turnout by introducing unnecessary penalties into the process.  Worse, it could discourage voters who already feel marginalized because of the United States’ and Tennessee’s past history of voter suppression. The Tennessee House of Representatives passed the bill on April 15 and the state …

ThinkTN in the News: Groups, Republican lawmakers seek to restore voting rights for Tennesseans with felony convictions

The Chattanooga Times Free Press (Feb. 14, 2019) —  In a state where an estimated 323,354 felons have completed their criminal sentences, two Republican lawmakers and a coalition of groups are pressing a bill to streamline what they describe as Tennessee’s “onerous” current process for restoring felons’ voting rights. “We’re not creating a new eligibility class at all,” Rep. Michael Curcio, R-Dickson, said Wednesday at a news conference. “These are folks we’ve already said, with …