Unlocking Opportunities

Michigan women face several barriers that often prevent full and continuous participation in the workforce. Most of these barriers come from the costs – in time, dollars and energy – of caregiving for others.

For example, the availability and affordability of high-quality child care limits women’s choices in job types, work hours and even whether to work outside the home, especially for women of color and women in low-income brackets (Michigan League for Public Policy). Without guaranteed paid parental leave across all sectors and jobs, many Michigan women must make tough decisions about whether and when to start or expand their families (WZZM13Lansing State Journal). Women also take on a disproportionate amount of overall family caregiving – and that caregiving is growing more complex, including taking time off work to accompany aging parents and grandparents to medical appointments (National Partnership for Women & Families).

The Unlocking Opportunities Committee will pursue initiatives to eliminate these barriers to work choice.


Take Our Child Care Use Survey!

The Michigan's Women's Commission (MWC) is conducting an informal survey to better understand how families are handling child care during this mid-pandemic, back-to-school, restructured-workplace time period. Click here to participate!

In particular, MWC would like to know: a) what families are doing for child care right now, b) what families need to happen in order to feel comfortable using child care outside your own home during the pandemic, and c) what does ideal child care look like in a post-pandemic world.

MWC will use these survey responses to help craft and advance policy proposals that better support families with child care needs during and beyond our current state of emergency.

This survey is open to responses from Michigan residents until October 31, 2020. Optional individual and household demographic data is requested to ensure MWC receives feedback from a broadly diverse representation of Michigan families and child care circumstances. No personally identifiable information is requested, though respondents have the option to provide an email address to receive survey follow-up and other future information from the MWC. This survey takes approximately 6 minutes to complete.

Click here to participate in MWC's Child Care Use Survey!