Regina Oldak, Senior Counsel from the National Women's Law Center, offers a comprehensive domestic legislative perspective on the needs of women and children in light of stated 2011 budget priorities in Congress and by the Administration as part of Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2011 conference.

In recent decades women have achieved goals of which their grandmothers could only dream. Most women and girls in the United States have access to some level of education, and broad career opportunities have opened to women. However, the quality of education is frequently determined by where a young woman grows up, and women's career options are often limited by their economic bracket, and by race, language, ethnicity and immigration status. Across career levels, women on average continue to earn only 77 cents for each dollar earned by a man in the same position. An inordinate percentage of women are in lower-paying service jobs.

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Ecumenical Advocacy Days is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community, and its recognized partners and allies, grounded in biblical witness and our shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Our goal, through worship, theological reflection and opportunities for learning and witness, is to strengthen our Christian voice and to mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues.

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