Opinion | Gina M. Raimondo, Mary Kay Henry: Women are bearing the brunt of the economic crisis. They have to lead our recovery plans.

Even before the pandemic exposed deep disparities in our economy and society, the gender wage gap persisted at every level of income and education. In 2019, two-thirds of minimum-wage workers were women. Women carry two-thirds of all student debt in the United States. Black women graduate with significantly more debt than White men and take longer to pay it off, as they earn just 62 cents for every dollar earned by White men. In 2019, nearly a quarter of female-headed households lived in poverty; for households headed by Black or Latina women, the rates were closer to 30 percent.

Only if our recovery is inclusive can we emerge from this crisis stronger.

Inclusivity requires state leadership as well as a comprehensive national strategy to ensure women’s economic security, health and safety. Front-line workers in the pandemic have struggled to keep patients safe amid inadequate staffing and insufficient protective gear such

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Lilly GIFT VII grant to help provide childcare in Henry County

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Published 9:21 a.m. ET Oct. 1, 2020


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NEW CASTLE, Ind. — The Henry County Community Foundation has received a Community Leadership Grant of $100,000 as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative.

With the grant, the community foundation will partner with HOPE Initiative (HOPE) to pilot a Childcare House located near three large employers: Boar’s Head, Draper Inc., and Ivy Tech Community College, all of which cater to parents who need to work or attend class, but have no convenient, healthy/safe place to leave their children from infant age 5, causing parents to quit jobs or be prone to absenteeism, or causing them to leave their children in risky situations, according to a

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