In the spirit of our mission to be focused on the status of Florida’s women and families, the Commission hosted and supported 16 informational conversations with the women in our communities during the Fall of 2014, with the assistance of women’s commissions and organizations from across Florida. In addition, online and written surveys were made available for women to share their key concerns.
Women throughout the state shared their experiences, opinions, and suggestions on challenges and solutions important to Florida families. The responses overwhelmingly centered on economics and finances. While overall economic conditions have improved across the country over the last few years, the following challenges were reported most frequently:
- Safe and affordable housing
- Childcare and eldercare costs
- Low wages
- Educational costs including college tuition
- Healthcare costs
- Fewer full-time jobs with benefits such as insurance and retirement
Additionally, other challenges reported included violence against women, human trafficking and work-life balance.
It is clear that women and families throughout Florida share common concerns and challenges. There is a real need for coordinated efforts among government and service organizations, and to educate women on how to best access these resources. In order to continue to build on this important research, the Commission will host Community Conversations throughout Florida in 2015. Look for more information to be released soon.