As mothers, we would do anything for our children...which is why investing in women is the surest way to end global poverty. Research has shown that women around the world are more likely to invest their income in food and education for their children – creating a lasting cycle of poverty-reduction. In fact, in many poor countries, one woman's job supports up to fifteen other people!
Unfortunately, barriers such as unequal wages, bad working conditions, and lack of credit and property rights, keep millions of hard-working women around the world from earning the income they need to lift their families out of poverty. Moreover, women often work longer hours in the lowest-paid sectors, earn less stable incomes, and receive less training and fewer economic opportunities. If the U.S. addressed these barriers in the foreign aid programs we're already funding, it could have a ripple effect on women worldwide – giving millions the opportunities they need to end poverty in their lives, families, and countries.
The Global Resources and Opportunities for Women to Thrive (GROWTH) Act, now before Congress, does exactly that. The GROWTH Act is a groundbreaking piece of legislation that, if passed, would address women's opportunities in U.S. foreign assistance and trade policies, making the U.S. a leader in economic empowerment for women.
How Would the GROWTH Act Help Women Living in Poverty?
The GROWTH Act would shape U.S. assistance and trade policy to empower women in these areas:
• Small Business: Help poor women start and grow their own businesses
• Property Rights: Help increase women's land and property rights
• Wages and Working Conditions: Help improve women's wages and working conditions by emphasizing training and education
• Access to Global Trade: Ensure that increased trade benefits reach women and families
Why Is Changing U.S. Policy Important?
As the largest economy in the world, a powerful trading partner, and major international donor, the U.S. can have a huge impact on the lives of women worldwide. By improving our policies, we can help empower millions of mothers around the world to lift their families out of poverty