Right now, EPPN members in Texas have an opportunity to make a key difference in the fight to lift women and girls out of poverty around the world. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), an Episcopalian, is considering reintroducing a bill she sponsored in the last Congress to give women and girls in poor countries the economic opportunities they need to escape deadly poverty. Called the GROWTH Act (Global Resources and Opportunities for Women to Thrive), the bill reshapes U.S. foreign policy in several key ways. It:
- Provides funds ("micro-credit") to help women start and grow their own business;
- Provides training and education for women to improve their wages and working conditions;
- Ensures that U.S. trade policy is beneficial to women and families living in poverty; and
- Prompts U.S. development agencies to work with women and organizations in the developing world that focus on women's needs.
Investing in women is one of the surest ways to end global poverty and meet the Millennium Development Goals. In most poor countries, women produce the majority of the food supply and are more likely to spend their incomes on food, education, and health care for their children. Nevertheless, they face unequal barriers: longer working hours in the lowest-paid sectors, less stable income, and less workforce training than men. In 2007, Senator Hutchison showed tremendous leadership in empowering women worldwide by introducing the GROWTH Act of 2007 in the U.S. Senate with Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois. Now, in order for the bill to become a reality for the millions of women who need it, we need Senator Hutchison to reintroduce it with Senator Durbin. But she needs to hear that her constituents care about women worldwide in order to reintroduce the GROWTH Act!
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Please take action today. Click here to send a message to Senator Hutchison urging her, as a Texan and a fellow Episcopalian, to continue her leadership for women worldwide by being a lead sponsor of the GROWTH Act!