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 women are in the workforce or seeking employment, compared to nearly 68% of men. By adding more women to the workforce, the state could add $34 million to its gross domestic product by 2025, the report estimates.

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