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National Phone Call on Women in Poverty - March 19th at 4:00 PM

03:14 PM Mar 12, 2009

In 2006, there were 36.5 million people living in poverty: 21 million of them were women. Women are 45 percent more likely to be poor than men and they make up 70 percent of the elderly poor population. As more and more people fall into poverty during this recession, women will continue to be disproportionately impacted by rising unemployment and cutbacks in social services.

Every March, as part of JCPA's National Anti-Poverty Campaign, "There Shall Be No Needy Among You," we aim to educate and activate Jews across the country so that we can address these disparities all year long. This year, we are co-sponsoring this initiative with our partners at the National Council of Jewish Women.

The highlight of this initiative will be a national phone call:

Engendering Change:
What's in the President's Budget for Women and Families?

Thursday, March 19th at 4 PM Eastern Time
Call-in number: 1-309-946-5000
Access Code: 379527

Come hear women advocates and faith leaders discuss:

    • Poverty's disproportionate impact on women;
    • The consequences of this disparity; and
    • Policy solutions that can help bridge the gap in the upcoming budget process (including healthcare reform!).

JCPA Washington Director, Hadar Susskind, will moderate the call. Speakers include:
    • Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security at the National Women's Law Center: Joan has testified to Congress on several occasions, frequently has advocated before administrative agencies, has participated in litigation, and has written and spoken extensively on issues relating to women and economic security.
    • Sammie Moshenberg, Director of Washington Operations at the National Council of Jewish Women: As head of the organization's Washington, DC office, Ms. Moshenberg is the staff director for all of NCJW's advocacy efforts nationwide including its State Public Affairs network, a team of volunteer advocates representing the organization in more than 30 states. Ms. Moshenberg began working for NCJW in 1981.

As the Jewish community gears up to advocate for anti-poverty provisions in the federal budget it is important to remember:
    • When we speak out on food insecurity, we are advocating for the 68 percent of nonelderly adult participants receiving food stamp benefits who are women.
    • When we promote healthcare reform, we are promoting the wellbeing of the 18 percent of all women in the United States who are uninsured.
    • When we examine the root causes for poverty among women, we are advocating for measures to address wage discrimination, the lack of pay equity, and the low minimum wage.

We hope that you can participate and circulate information about this call to your colleagues, affiliates, and other interested parties.

Please RSVP to me at if you or others in your office are able to call-in.

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