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Prevent Child Abuse New York supports women

Prevent Child Abuse New York employs 18 people—16 of whom are women. If we closed on Wednesday, the International Day of Women and #ADayWithoutAWoman, our work would all but halt. That’s true in other sectors as well—including essential service professions like physicians, teachers, and child care providers.

Think about that—the workforce we count on not working. Women are critically important to the workforce and, therefore, to our economy.

Here are some statistics:

  • Nearly a third of all practicing physicians are women.
  • Women account for 60% of pediatricians and 51% of OBGYNs.
  • 46% of all physicians in training are women; almost half of all medical students are women.
  • 76% of public school teachers are women.

There are 31.1M mothers with children under the age of 18 in the U.S. and, while motherhood itself is a full-time job, many of these women are also employed outside the home.

  • Families maintained by mother (children under age 18) is 25.3%; families maintained by father is 7.3% (no spouse present in either).
  • Mothers are the sole primary breadwinner for 40% of households (2012), compared to 11% in 1960.
  • Percent of women who earn more than their husband: 17.8% in 1987, 29% in 2012.
  • Two of three first-time mothers workers during pregnancy.
  • 81.6% of first-time mothers stopped working one month or less before their due date.

Yet the earning disparity is real. Women in the top four female-held occupations (secretaries/administrative assistants, elementary/middle school teachers, registered nurses, and nursing/psychiatric/home health aides) earn, on average, $100 less per week than men in those same positions.  

This week, we urge you to think about what this means and to take action. You can do so by letting policymakers know that you support:

  • Equal pay for equal work.
  • Paid family leave.
  • State funding for child care.
  • Preconception care.
  • Research-based programs that strengthen families.

Be active in our community and lend your voice to advocacy—local, state and federal—that empowers women and encourages men to support them in real ways.

Join us today by participating in #ADayWithoutAWoman using the Twitter hashtag #BeBoldForChange and visit to learn how you can become involved—not just this day, but every day.


Honoring the Memory of former Treasurer and Board Member 

Prevent Child Abuse New York is honoring the memory of former board member and treasurer USMC Ret. Major Bruce J. Shore, who passed away on January 20. Shore was an integral part of stabilizing the organization's finances, leading to its longevity and ability to continue to help children, families and communities to this day. Shore's family welcomes donations in Bruce's name to Prevent Child Abuse New York. Donations can be made through the following link: Our thoughts are with the Shore family during this difficult time.