Women’s Economic Empowerment in New Mexico

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 the next Public Square, we’ll hear from women who have overcome challenges to start businesses, become homeowners and find economic self-sufficiency. We’ll also hear from advocates in micro lending and asset development about programs that help women take control of their lives.

Community leaders include Bernalillo County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins, Jenny Parks, president and CEO of the New Mexico Community Foundation, and former Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish.

Join New Mexico PBS for a PUBLIC SQUARE, where civic dialogue takes center stage. Funding for PUBLIC SQUARE was provided in part by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. PUBLIC SQUARE is hosted & produced by Megan Kamerick.

Quotes From PUBLIC SQUARE Participants:

“I have been broken into many pieces and it’s about figuring out to pull those pieces back together and finding beauty in your own cracks.”
–Dawn Maestas, business owner and domestic violence survivor

“If you give a woman the chance to earn income, she’s going to invest it in her family.”
–Susan Matteucci, executive director of Southwest Creations Collaborative

“The ability to believe in yourself starts early but it’s a very important ingredient in being able to be in charge of your own life–being the architect of your own future.”
–Diane Denish, former lieutenant governor

“If we’re talking about women’s economic empowerment, financial literacy education has got to be a huge, huge part of that.”
–Agnes Noonan, president WESST

“It becomes much easier to maybe go into a job that isn’t worthy of your skills or talent because that job will allow you to leave when your child is sick.”
–Amy Whitfield, President of YWCA New Mexico

“I kind of realized things needed to change when I found myself pinned to the floor in a restaurant with the fellow I was dating at the time with his hands around my throat.”
–Gail Jenkins, business owner and survivor

Funding for PUBLIC SQUARE was provided in part by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

One thought on “Women’s Economic Empowerment in New Mexico

  1. Are you kidding me? I never got a 20k loan w a business plan written on a piece of napkin. I’ve been made to jump huge obstacles to get a 4k at 20% plus a $280 closing fee! Put your money where your mouth is

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