Issues

The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce works to advance Women's Economic Priorities focusing on the issues and challenges that block or impede our progress.

  • ASSET BUILDING & RETIREMENT
    Older women are twice as likely to live in poverty than their male counterparts. More than half of the older women living in poverty were not poor before the death of their husbands. As of 2012, there are 24.3 million older women vs. 18.8 older men. Almost half of older women age 75+ live alone. We need workplace and retirement savings policies that support the role of women in families, foster asset accumulation and management and protect us in retirement.
  • BUDGET & TAX POLICY
    Budget and tax policies directly shape the world we live in. Women need fundamental budget and tax policies that support our economic opportunities and security, a thriving middle class and family well-being.
  • BUSINESS / ENTREPRENEURS
    Women own nearly one-third of all U.S. firms, yet our business revenues are just 3.95% of the market whole. During more than a decade of tremendous growth in the number of women-owned firms, our revenues-based market-share dropped 10%. Women business owners need more than happy headlines and political rhetoric; we need access to capital, markets and affordable benefits.
  • CONSUMER PROTECTION
    Women make 85% of all U.S. consumer purchases with estimates of our total purchasing power ranging from $5 to $15 trillion annually. Moms represent a $2.4 trillion consumer market. Women have been the targets of sub-prime lending, scams and unwarranted or hidden bank and credit-card fees. It's vitally important that we educate and protect women as consumers.
  • ECONOMY
    Our economic opportunities and challenges are driven in many ways by the status of our overall economy. Women in the workforce have driven the growth of the U.S. economy. Strong economic policies support strength and prosperity for women.
  • FAIR PAY & WORKPLACE
    70% of women work. 72% of mothers work. Yet our compensation, advancement and earnings continue to lag. It is vital to our economy, to women as breadwinners and retirees that we achieve fair pay and positive, family-friendly workplace policies.
  • GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING
    For two decades, federal contracting with women-owned firms has not achieved even the most paltry 5% goal. This opportunity loss costs women-owned firms billions of dollars every year. It is vital that Congressional leaders and the Administration step-up to support women business owners with more than happy headlines and cheery events.
  • TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATIONS
    Governmental policies that govern technology, the Internet and communications have profound impact on women business owners. We support a level playing field for all business and activities delivered over the Internet.
  • HEALTHCARE & BENEFITS
    Women as individuals, workers, business owners, mothers and grandmothers all require access to affordable, reliable, quality healthcare and benefits.
  • INTERNATIONAL TRADE
    It is vital that we open the doors to opportunity for women-owned firms through increased access to international trade. Education, lending, relationships and connections must be fostered and advanced.
  • VOTING & WOMEN POLITICAL OFFICER HOLDERS
    More than 53% of the votes cast in the 2012 election were cast by women. Women are the most powerful single voter block in America. We are also woefully underrepresented in national, regional and local political leadership. We're working every day to advance women in politics to secure parity.