Many of us living and working in the United States look to the labor standards and the social safety net programs in the European Union countries with a mix of fascination and envy. Aggressive labor laws and universal programs have leveled the playing field for women and raised the standard of living of so many Europeans. But austerity measures are putting these policies at risk, much to the detriment of women and their families. This excellent video, produced by the European Women’s Lobby, details how austerity measures harm women: cuts to public sector jobs, pensions, childcare, elder-care, and parental leave, increased poverty among workers, and even cuts to domestic violence shelters and services.
Austerity Measures Harm Women in Europe