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Phil Scott Ignores Women and Family Issues in Economic Plan



Christina Amestoy, VDP Communications Director


Phil Scott Ignores Women and Family Issues in Economic Plan

September 22, 2016


Burlington, VT  Today, Phil Scott will appear at the Vermont Commission on Women’s forum to discuss an issue that has been strangely absent from his campaign: women’s economic issues. In his entire 15,000 word economic plan, Phil Scott only mentioned Vermont women twice - once in reference to his daughters and to pregnant women suffering from addiction. Women make up 51% of Vermont’s population, 45% of its full-time workforce, and 71% of its year-round, part-time workforce. Yet Phil Scott has repeatedly ignored their interests.


“Ensuring women thrive in Vermont’s economy is vital to the future of our state, and yet Phil Scott has repeatedly ignored women in his platform and in his record” said Christina Amestoy, VDP spokesperson. “Scott has failed to talk about paid family leave, equal wages, or child care in his economic plan or champion these issues while in office.”


“Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Don Turner has been happy to speak up, offering policies pulled straight from the national Republican playbook. His suggestions include cutting support for childcare, opioid treatment, and even the Vermont Commission on Women.”


“These are not just women’s issues, these are economic issues. If Phil Scott can not even identify the issue enough to recognize them in a 39 page economic plan, how we can we expect him to solve them?”



Know the facts:

(Source: Change the Story: 2016 Status Report - Women, Work and Wages in Vermont)

  • Women make up 51% of Vermont’s population

  • 66% of adult women participate in the labor force with is 8% higher than the national average

  • Women make up 45% of Vermont’s full-time workforce and 71% of its part-time workforce

  • Of Vermont working women, 75% work full-time while 25% work part-time

  • In ⅓ of Vermont families, women contribute at least 40% of the income

  • 43% of Vermont women working full-time do not make enough to cover basic living expenses (as defined by the JFO)

  • Across the US, women are nine times more likely than men to cite family care issues as the reason for working part-time rather than full-time

  • Across all age groups and all education levels, women working full-time are disproportionately employed in low-wage jobs

  • 57% of women are making less than $30,000 a year, while 57% of men are making more than that amount



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