Workplace Flexibility and Women of Color

Women of Color Policy Network

Women now make up almost half of all U.S. workers and the majority of mothers with children under 18 are active in the labor market, with even higher rates of participation among single women mothers. Despite these shifts in workplace demographics and the fact that women remain the primary caretakers for family members, women continue to face limited flexible work options. This brief outlines the importance of workplace flexibility in the lives of women of color and describes the institutionalized barriers that limit their access to such arrangements as modified work schedules, time off, supported reentry, and paid leave. The brief also presents policy recommendations for the implementation of workplace flexibility measures and other programs that work to create a supportive working environment for women.

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