An overwhelming majority of voters want President-elect Joe Biden and the next Congress to move forward with gender equality-related politics after taking office in 2021. This comes from a new survey made available exclusively to Vox.
The survey, conducted by Lake Research Partners in collaboration with the National Women’s Law Center, found that 83 percent of respondents would like Biden and members of Congress to work to end sexual harassment in schools and in the workplace. 77 percent support measures that would help close the gender pay gap, 81 percent want to ensure access to affordable, quality childcare, and 56 percent want to protect and expand access to reproductive health care, including abortion. And 76 percent of Biden voters said the Trump administration’s approach to women’s issues motivated them to take political action, including voting.
These results suggest that the future administration would have broad support for prioritizing measures to address gender gaps as part of their legislative agenda, including the proposals highlighted earlier by the Biden campaign.
Biden’s “Agenda for Women” includes support for a FAMILY-based policy that provides all workers with up to 12 weeks of paid family and sick leave and up to $ 8,000 in tax credits to support low-income and middle-class citizens. Families pay for childcare . He also said he would restore federal funding for planned parenting, which has been blocked under a Trump administration rule prohibiting health care providers receiving Title X money from performing or requesting abortions. Biden further noted that within his first 100 days he would be pushing for re-approval of funding for the Violence Against Women Act, which provides money to prevent and prosecute abuse against women.
The poll, conducted between October 31 and November 3, interviewed registered voters who had already voted or wanted to vote in the 2020 elections. Questions about voting were answered by 2,400 people, while questions on specific topics reached a total of 1,200 people. The survey has an error rate of plus or minus 2 percentage points and an error rate of 2.8 percentage points for the problem questions.
In addition to the results on various topics, the NWLC survey underscores how much the support of women – especially women of skin color – supported Biden: 53 percent of the women surveyed said they had voted for him, including 92 percent of black women and around 60 percent of women are both Latina, Asian-American and Pacific islanders. (The survey finds the smaller sample size of AAPI women.)
“Widespread support for an agenda that is truly centered and central to gender equality should play a major role here,” said Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of NWLC. “People want equal pay. You want affordable, accessible health care. They want affordable, high quality childcare. and they want to end sexual harassment and violence in schools and in the workplace – regardless of who they voted for. “
The pandemic has exacerbated gender inequalities – and highlighted the need to address them
Another push for this policy comes as the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated gender inequalities.
As Bryce Covert previously reported for Vox, the lack of full paid family vacation and childcare options, as well as the economic impact of COVID-19, have helped drive thousands of women off the workforce:
A total of 865,000 women left work in August and September; In September 2.2 million women were less gainfully employed than a year earlier. There are fewer women employed or looking for work and more women simply sitting on the fringes of the workforce than at any time since 1986.
Young mothers were far more likely than fathers to say they couldn’t work due to closed schools and day care, Covert noted. The paid vacation in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which guaranteed individuals up to 12 weeks of paid vacation when caring for children whose schools or daycare were closed due to the pandemic, helped some, but it wasn’t. Not accessible to employees of larger companies with 500 or more employees. These departures could postpone women’s participation in the workforce by decades, Covert wrote.
With the pervasive impact of the pandemic, all steps the Biden government is taking to address the persistent disparities between work, education, childcare and health care remain urgent. The NWLC survey results are among the data points that emphasize that – while also capturing the importance of women in Biden’s victory.
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