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Riane Eisler Spoke at Congressional Briefing on March 20th

Riane Eisler spoke at a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill on March 20th sponsored by the Center for Partnership Studies” Caring Economy Campaign (CEC).

 Congressional Briefing: "The Economic Return from Investing in Care Work & Early Childhood Education" 

 

The Caring Economy Campaign (CEC) of the Center for Partnership Studies (CPS), together with CEC coalition members, held a Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill on "The Economic Return from Investing in Care Work and Early Childhood Education." The event was introduced by Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia, and featured Dr. Riane Eisler. It highlighted the new CPS-Urban Institute report: National Indicators and Social Wealth, summarizing a two-day meeting in Washington, D.C. of experts on national indicators from the U.S. Department of Commerce, other government agencies, think tanks, and leading universities. National Indicators and Social Wealth recommends "a coordinated effort that can change the way we think about and measure our economy, providing more realistic tools to navigate a very different social, political and economic reality than existed at the birth of the GDP." 

 

A panel discussion followed Dr. Eisler's presentation moderated by René Redwood, featuring Dr. W. Steven Barnett co-director of the National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER), Dr. Sara Meléndez, a prominent Latina leader and advisor to the Caring Economy Campaign, and Shireen Mitchell, Co-Chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations (NCWO) and founder of Digital Sisters. The briefing also featured the new report from NIEER: Getting the Facts Right on Pre-K and the President's Pre-K Proposal. Co-sponsors of this briefing include NCWO, NIEER, Digital Sisters,  National Association of Mother's Centers, Center for Economic Policy Research, Gender Action, Family Values @ Work, and True Child.

 

The urgency of this briefing is demonstrated by shocking statistics: more than one in five children in the U.S. lives in poverty. U.S. maternal mortality rates have doubled in the past 25 years, and are the highest of all developed nations. African American women are 3.2 times more like to die due to pregnancy and/or childbirth than white women.

 

Root causes of these statistics, as well as policy solutions, were probed in this Congressional briefing, held in cooperation with Representative Eleanor Holmes-Norton, (D-DC). Representatives of Congressional offices. The briefing documented the urgent need for Social Wealth Indicators that give visibility and value to the socially and economically essential work of caring for people, starting in early childhood.

 

On the next day, March 21, Riane Eisler spoke at the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC at an event co-hosted by the Executive Women at State and the Office of Civil Rights. Her speech "What's Good for Women is Good for the World: Foundations for a Caring Economy," was in celebration of Women’s History Month.

 

For more information please contact: Kimberly Otis, Director of the Caring Economy Campaign at kotisdc@gmail.com.

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