|By Diana Washington Valdez, El Paso Times, Texas|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The just-released report lays out some of the economic challenges that Latinas and other minority women face across the state, and provides several recommendations on tackling the issues.
"The study looks at the policies and practices that affect a woman's ability to be economically stable and secure," said
If nothing else, she said, the
"As in most parts of the world, women are the face of poverty,"
According to the
"I knew we are a big group, but I thought were still around 40 percent or so level," Fierro said. "This is why we need to get together and agree on what's best for women. For example, women at the low end of the wage scale need to see the connection between voting and improving their economic status. This is something we still need to work on."
An online tool of the
The CPPP indicates that 76 percent of
"We're seeking to empower, enlighten, and educate women from all walks of life and of all ages to serve as agents of change, so they can have a positive impact on their lives, their families and their communities," Chavez said.
The organization takes its name from the phrase "wise
"Education will make the difference," she said. "Women also need to come together in the community, and help each other out."
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