(CNSNews.com) - "The best thing we can do to grow the economy of our country, keep America number one, is to unleash the power of women,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told the National Partnership for Women and Families Thursday in Washington, D.C.
Pelosi said the Democrats' economic agenda has three pillars, including “fair pay, whether it’s the Paycheck Fairness Act or raising the minimum wage”; paid family leave; and "affordable, quality" child care.
“In the last couple of days I’ve been working with members on our economic agenda for America, and so we said how long we’ve been saying, ‘When women succeed, America succeeds’ should be a major part of this agenda. And ...this morning we decided it’s not going to be just a major part of it, it’s going to be it. And we’re going to add other things to it. But we’re not going to be the addition, we’re going to be the heart of the matter, ‘When women succeed, America succeeds,’ Pelosi said.
Pelosi said the three pillars, about pay, paid leave, and affordable child care will benefit both women and "the full promise of America."
"For we know when women earn equal pay, America’s economy will prosper...when women balance between work and family, American society will prosper, when women succeed, America succeeds, but I have to say, for this all to happen, women have to vote,” Pelosi added.
“Women must vote," she continued. "And equal pay is about these things, it’s about electing people – I certainly have a point of view about that – that’s a point for another day -- but it’s also about raising the level of awareness of certain issues and calling upon all candidates, regardless of party or whatever, to subscribe, where do you stand on equal pay, pay affordable care, so that it doesn’t change who’s in office, we can change the minds of those who are in office, change the policy, improve the quality of life,’ Pelosi said.
The president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, Debra Ness, told the gathering, “We’re not going back to the days when we had to choose between filling our gas tanks and filling our birth control prescriptions. Instead of going back, we’re moving forward. We’re going to establish a national insurance program called the FAMILY Act that provides workers with income during family and medical leave.”
Along with the FAMILY Act, Ness touted paid leave and paid sick days for all workers. “For our country to thrive and prosper, women must thrive and prosper. And that means harnessing the possibilities of this moment. With all of you, and your support, we will,” Ness said.