Protecting Unemployment Benefits

By Hannah Gordon

Part of the #HERvotes blog carnival.

Welcome to the seventh #HERvotes blog carnival on the need to protect women and employment during these tough economic times, with a focus on the importance of extending Unemployment Insurance (UI) before the December 31st deadline.

It is critical that Congress acts before the end of this calendar year to renew federal UI. The loss of this lifeline will hurt over 6 million people and their families who stand to lose their benefits during 2012.

If Congress fails to extend the benefits, women will suffer. According to Dr. Adriana Kugler, chief economist for the Department of Labor, 2.2 million women will lose their benefits if UI is not extended. Many others will be affected too, including 500,000 Latinos and 400,000 Latinas, 1.2 million African Americans (including 500,000 African American women), and millions of children.

UI must be extended in order to protect American families. 1.8 million struggling families will be immediately kept afloat. This will have a positive impact on our overall economy too; studies show that every $1 spent on unemployment insurance stimulates $2 in growth in the U.S. economy.

Extending unemployment insurance must be a vital priority for Congress. For many American families and many American women, the protection of their benefits is crucial.

Join us by sharing the posts below on Facebook, Twitter (using the hashtag #HERvotes), and other social media.

Let’s spread the word and make sure Congress hears our voices.

The blog posts below include personal stories and more information on why unemployment insurance is critical. Happy reading and thanks for joining in the fight to protect women’s economic welfare.

#HERvotes, a multi-organization campaign launched in August 2011, advocates women using our voices and votes to stop the attacks on the women’s movement’s major advances, many of which are at risk in the next election. We are very excited HERvotes is growing in membership and reaching millions of people.

Congress Must Protect the Lifeline Women and Families Depend On– Vicki Shabo, National Partnership for Women and Families

A Day Of Thanks & Of Aspiration: No Child Should Be Hungry On Thanksgiving, Or On Any Day– Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, MomsRising

The Cycle of Abuse and Financial Security– Lauren Levine, Jewish Women International

Looking for Jobs that Don’t Exist Is Hard Work– Anna McClure, National Women’s Law Center

Latinas call on Congress to Extend Unemployment Insurance Set to Expire on Dec 31– Natalie D. Camastra, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Extend Unemployment Insurance!– Heather Munro Prescott, Knitting Clio

I Want My Pay Equity– Emmily Bristol, Sin City Siren

Even in a Recession, Flex Makes (Dollars and) Sense– Nanette Fondas, MomsRising

And Now, About Those Mega-Rich Alleged Job Creators…– Lily Eskelsen, National Education Association

Congress Should Act Now to Extend Unemployment Insurance– Beth Scott, American Association of University Women

‘Squash Amash’ March Planned by Grand Rapids Group over Unemployment Benefits Debate– Garret Ellison,

When My Husband Faced Unemployment– Karoline, MomsRising

Unemployment Insurance is the LEAST We Can Offer Working Families– Elisanta “Lisa” Batista

Without Unemployment Insurance, My Family Would Have To Choose Which Bills to Pay Teresa “Tigger” Rey, Mom’s Rising

Good Education. Good experience. Still Unemployed– Theresa Witt

Holiday Fear– Christy Jones, AAUW

Unemployment, Congress, and People Like Me– Danielle Jackson, National Women’s Law Center

The Pathways Back to Work Act: A Must-Pass Piece of Legislation for Women– Julie Vogtman, National Women’s Law Center

Happy Holidays, Congress! It’s Time to Extend UI– Julie Vogtman, National Women’s Law Center

November’s Drop in Unemployment News Leaves Vulnerable Groups Behind– Abby Lane, National Women’s Law Center

Navigating Unemployment– Jen, MomsRising

Women, the Economy, and Unemployment Insurance– Angel Savoy, Coalition of Labor Union Women

Women and the Unemployment CrisisNational Association of Social Workers

Extend Unemployment Benefits, But Don’t Stop There– Lindsay Beyerstein, Ms. Magazine Blog

Tough Job Market for Recent College Grads– Corrina Beall, Feminist Campus

Women, Sexism, Racism & the Economy: Why Congress Needs to Reauthorize Unemployment InsuranceThe Opinioness of the World

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