Public Square: Women’s Economic Empowerment in NM

Public Square:  Women’s Economic Empowerment in NM

IDA participants, Beverly Aranda and Prosperity Works President & CEO, Ona Porter featured on KNME Public Square – Thursday, February 28 at 7 p.m. on Ch. 5.1 

New Mexico is a poor state and the burdens of economic inequality fall especially hard on women and girls. We have the highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation and women make, on average, 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. In New Mexico they are more likely to be victims of domestic violence and sexual assault than women elsewhere. And the lack of affordable quality childcare impacts their ability to work.

On KNME’s Public Square, hear from women who have overcome challenges to start businesses, become homeowners and find economic self-sufficiency. Also hear from advocates in micro lending and asset development about programs that help women take control of their lives.