Despite strong growth in overall economic productivity over the past decade, the majority of Washington’s working families have not shared in the economic wealth they have helped create. While a few at the top have prospered, for most wages have stagnated and benefits slipped away. The job market remains as segregated by gender today as it was twenty years ago, and women continue to earn far less than men.
Today it is more important than ever we ensure economic growth is founded on broad-based prosperity, so economic security and opportunity are available to all. New public policies are needed to match the changes on our economy, including access to health care, paid family leave and paid sick days, retirement security, and a social safety net.