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The unemployment crisis hit women harder than men and that gap continues to widen. And Black and Hispanic teenage girls are having a difficult time keeping the part-time jobs that are precursors to future career success.
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The White House says President Obama's American Jobs Act will specifically address these issues. Here's how the President plans to help women and girls:
- His jobs proposal will cut taxes for 900,000 female small business owners.
- The plan directly impacts the mass teacher layouts that have occurred all over the country and heavily affected the 78 percent of women who teach kindergarten-high school. It will allow 280,000 to keep their jobs or go back to a job where they've been fired.
- Some funds will go towards renovating more than 35,000 schools.
- 2.6 million women would have unemployment benefits extended.
- The plan will cut payroll taxes for 77.9 million working women which would give them more spending money to help grow the national economy.
- States will receive funds and support to create summer job programs for underserved youth.
- The plan would also outlaw employers from discriminating against those who have been unemployed for an extended amount of time.
- Thousands of construction workers would get back on the job by repairing roads, bridges, and tunnels. Since a relatively small number of women work in this sector, the President's proposal would offer training in transportation-related activities. It would also help minority businesses gain better access to construction contracts.