TIME’S UP Joins Vice President Harris’ American Rescue Plan Roundtable

Biden Administration, Caregiving, Equity


This morning, Tina Tchen, president and CEO of TIME’S UP Foundation and TIME’S UP Now, participated in a roundtable with Vice President Kamala Harris and other leaders to discuss the American Rescue Plan – an emergency legislative package to fund vaccinations, provide immediate relief to families and caregivers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, and support struggling communities. The leaders discussed women’s integral role in economic recovery and how the American Rescue Plan can help get women back to work.

Tchen was joined by Senators Murray and Masto, Representatives Rosa De Lauro and Barbara Lee, Alejandra Castillo (YWCA), Fatima Goss Graves (National Women’s Law Center), Melanie Campbell (Black Women’s Roundtable), Jen Earle (National Association of Women Business Owners), Kristen Rowe-Finkbeiner (MomsRising), Debra Ness (National Partnership for Women & Families), Fawn Sharp (National Congress of American Indians), and Johnnetta Cole (National Council of Negro Women).

Tina Tchen, president and CEO of TIME’S UP Foundation and TIME’S UP Now, provided the following statement:

“TIME’S UP was born out of a national reckoning on workplace sexual harassment, fueled by the courageous voices of survivors everywhere. We continue to fight for survivor justice, but we also work for a world where sexual harassment doesn’t happen at all – and that means building safe, fair, and dignified workplaces for everyone. This means eliminating the barriers that keep women and others from staying and succeeding in the workplace. And it means addressing the widespread caregiving crisis, from child care to elder care and all ages in between, that millions of people are facing right now.

“That’s why we are so committed to the American Rescue Plan, which provides emergency relief for working families, and represents a down payment on the long-term investments we need to build our caregiving infrastructure. Now is the time to build that architecture to fundamentally change how we organize our workplaces; and in turn, build a stronger, more resilient economy for all of us.”

Additional Background:

  • Eight in 10 voters say unsupported caregiving is a huge burden for families (TIME’S UP Foundation/GSG) and a third of voters and half of parents say their responsibilities increased (LRP/PU).
  • Ninety percent of voters say a comprehensive caregiving solution is important (TIME’S UP Foundation/GSG) and 72% of voters say investing in modern care infrastructure is an essential part of COVID-19 recovery (TIME’S UP Now/Lake Research Partners-Tarrance Group).
  • About half of Latinx and Black women (52%) have less than $200 in savings, compared to 37 percent of white women and 27 percent of white men (TIME’S UP Foundation/PerryUndem).
  • Building a robust care infrastructure is good for women and a cornerstone of a resilient and sustainable economy. New research from TIME’S UP Foundation finds that investing $77.5 billion per year in our care infrastructure would support over 2 million new jobs. Annually, a $77.5 billion investment in new jobs translates into $220 billion in new economic activity.

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TIME’S UP Foundation

The TIME’S UP Foundation insists upon safe, fair, and dignified work for all by changing culture, companies, and laws. We enable more people to seek justice through the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund. We pioneer innovative research driving toward solutions to address systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace through the TIME’S UP Impact Lab. And we reshape key industries from within so they serve as a model for all industries. The TIME’S UP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For more information, visit timesupfoundation.org.

TIME’S UP Now

TIME’S UP™ Now is the nonpartisan and not-for-profit advocacy arm of TIME’S UP. We advocate for safe, fair, and dignified work for all in the public and private sectors, calling for an end to harassment and other related forms of discrimination on the job. And we fight to rebuild the systems that have taken away women’s power for far too long. TIME’S UP Now is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization.