Elizabeth Warren on Families & Children

Massachusetts Senator; former head of CFPB; Dem. Presidential Challenger


I experienced pregnancy discrimination; let's fix it

Sen. Elizabeth WARREN: This is personal for me. When I was 21 years old, I got my first job as a special education teacher. I loved that job. And by the end of the first year, I was visibly pregnant.

The principal wished me luck and gave my job to someone else. Pregnancy discrimination, you bet. But I was 21 years old. I didn't have a union to protect me. And I didn't have any federal law on my side. So I packed up my stuff, and I went home. At least I didn't have a boss who said to me, "Kill it," the way that Mayor Bloomberg is alleged to have said.

Mayor Mike BLOOMBERG: I never said that. Oh, come on. And for the record, if she was a teacher in New York City, she would never have had that problem. We treated our teachers the right way, and the unions will tell you exactly that.

WARREN: Then let the women have an opportunity to speak. They are bound by nondisclosures so that they cannot speak.

Source: 10th Democratic Primary debate on eve of S.C. primary , Feb 25, 2020

Real money into schools & housing, to fight child poverty

As the debate wound down, the candidates faced questions on what to do about young children in poverty and what it says about the country.

"Put real money into our schools, put real money into housing," said Warren, who also pushed for more robust funding for education and health care.

Source: Washington Post excerpts of 8th Democrat 2020 primary debate , Feb 8, 2020

The best investment we can make is in our children

I started my grownup life as a special education teacher. I learned early on about the worth of every single human being, and I believe the best investment we can make as a nation is to invest in our children. I've talked about a two cent wealth tax, but the whole idea behind it is we can do early childhood education and good quality child care, universal pre-K for every three year old and four year old in America.
Source: 8th Democrat 2020 primary debate, St. Anselm College in NH , Feb 7, 2020

Fully fund IDEA for special-needs schooling

Q: Are there specific steps that you would take to help people with significant disabilities become more integrated into the workforce and into their local communities?

Warren: I was a special education teacher and I loved that work because it gave me a chance to work straight up with people to recognize the worth of every human being. I have a plan as a special ed teacher to fully fund IDEA, [the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act], so every child with disabilities will get the full education they need. My housing plan is about investing in more housing across this country, but it's also about making sure that people who want to live independently, people who have disabilities will have housing available to them. I will make sure that the people who want to bid on federal contracts are treating people with disabilities fairly and paying them fairly. As a nation, we believe in treating these the least of thy brethren as people of value, and that is how we make a better America.

Source: Newshour/Politico/PBS December Democratic primary debate , Dec 19, 2019

Universal childcare for every baby aged 0 to 5

I think [that universal childcare] is ultimately about our values. I have proposed a 2-cent wealth tax on the top 1/10% in this country. That would give us enough money to start with our babies by providing universal child care for every baby age zero to five, universal pre-K for every 3-year-old and 4-year-old; raise the wages of every childcare worker and preschool teacher in this country; cancel student loan debt; and strengthen our unions. This is how we build an America that reflects our values.
Source: September Democratic Primary debate in Houston , Sep 12, 2019

Free child care for anyone under 200% of poverty line

The costliness of raising children is one of the main reasons families are in poverty. Warren wants to introduce a federal program that would guarantee free child care for anyone under 200% of the poverty line.
Source: Current Affairs magazine, 2019 article series , Apr 16, 2019

Federal funds to cap childcare at 7% of income

Warren in unveiling a new initiative designed to make sure every family can afford high-quality child care. The plan seeks to make access to child care universal by offering federal funds to providers that offer care at their facilities on a sliding income scale.

No family would have to spend more than 7% of its household income on child care, no matter the number of kids. Families with incomes below twice the poverty line, which is roughly $50,000 a year for a family of four, would pay nothing.

The campaign says the initiative will likely require approximately $700 billion in new federal spending over 10 years. That figure takes into account higher economic benefits such as making it easier for new parents to return to work. The new outlays would be at least four times what the federal government currently spends on its main early childhood programs, which include Head Start. To offset the cost of the initiative, Warren will propose using revenue from her proposal for a new tax on wealth.

Source: Huffington Post on 2020 Democratic primary hopefuls , Feb 18, 2019

America is truly a land of opportunity

I grew up in Oklahoma. My daddy ended up as a maintenance man, and my mom worked for minimum wage at Sears. My three brothers served in the military. The oldest was career. The second worked construction. The third started his own business. I got married at 19 and graduated from a commuter college in Texas that cost $50 a semester. The way I see it, I'm a janitor's daughter who became a public school teacher, a professor, and a United States Senator. America is truly a country of opportunity!
Source: Speech at 2016 Democratic National Convention , Jul 26, 2016

I grew up in a family on the ragged edge of the middle class

Like a lot of you, I grew up in a family on the ragged edge of the middle class. My daddy sold carpeting and ended up as a maintenance man. After he had a heart attack, my mom worked the phones at Sears so we could hang on to our house. My three brothers all served in the military. One was career. The second worked a good union job in construction. The third started a small business.

Me, I was waiting tables at 13 and married at 19. I graduated from public schools and taught elementary school. I have a wonderful husband, two great children, and three beautiful grandchildren. And I'm grateful, down to my toes, for every opportunity that America gave me. This is a great country. I grew up in an America that invested in its kids and built a strong middle class; that allowed millions of children to rise from poverty and establish secure lives. An America in which each generation built something solid so that the next generation could build something better.

Source: 2012 Democratic National Convention speech , Sep 5, 2012

Talk about families from perspective of mother & grandmother

The word's out: I'm a woman and I'm going to have trouble backing off on that. I am what I am. I'll go out and talk to people about what's happening to their families, and when I do that, I'm a mother. I'm a grandmother.
Source: The Daily Beast, "I created Occupy Wall Street" , Oct 24, 2011

Every couple disagrees over money; solution is compromise

The truth is, every couple disagrees over money. You CAN improve your money partnership. Because getting straight about money in your relationship isn't about waiting for that perfect moment when you and your partner miraculously think alike about everything. Don't have one of those giant It's-Time-to-Talk-About-Money conversations. Try something a little more modest. Present a simple, straight-forward suggestion, preferably one that has a relatively easy answer.
Source: All Your Worth, by Elizabeth Warren, p.198-203 , Jan 17, 2006

More funding & services for victims of domestic violence.

Warren co-sponsored Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

Introduction by co-sponsor Sen. Kay Hagan (D,NC):
We have a serious responsibility to ensure that women and families are protected. The rates of violence and abuse in our country are astounding and totally unacceptable: domestic violence affects more than 12 million people each year. In my home state, 73 women and children are killed on average every year because of domestic violence.

Since 1994, the STOP Program has provided grants for services, training, officers, and prosecutors, and has transformed our criminal justice system and victim support services. And this bill includes the bipartisan SAFER Act, which helps fund audits of untested DNA evidence and reduces this backlog of rape kits. I ask you: What other victims in America have to identify the attacker before authorities will take action? None.Introduction by Sen. Chuck Grassley(R,IA):
I urge my Republican colleagues, as I will do, to support the motion to proceed. There has long been bipartisan support for the Violence Against Women Act. Too many women are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence. There is overwhelming bipartisan support for 98% of what is contained in S. 47. [Since our negative vote last session], controversial provisions have been removed. The key stumbling block to enacting a bill at this time is the provision concerning Indian tribal courts. Negotiations are continuing, and compromises would allow the bill to pass with overwhelming bipartisan support. Introduction by Sen. Pat Leahy (D,VT):
Our bill will allow services to get to those in the LGBT community who have had trouble accessing services in the past. The rates of domestic and sexual violence in these communities are equal to or greater than those of the general population. We also have key improvements for immigrant victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Source: S.47/H.R.11 13-S0047 on Jan 22, 2013

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