By Freeda Cathcart
The Nov. 6 election is about the economy and women’s issues. The well-being of the economy and women are intertwined. Our nation will reach its full potential when women are allowed to participate equally in every aspect of our economy. Women are better job creators than the rich.
The World Bank defines “smart economics” as investing in women. Research by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, as reported on the Calvert Foundation website, shows that the economic growth of women has an important multiplier effect because women are more likely to share their economic gains with their families and communities at large. Women reinvest 90 percent of their earnings in their families and communities by spending more earned income on food, health care, home improvement and schooling for themselves and their children.
Cathcart, of Roanoke, was a candidate for the 17th District in the Virginia House of Delegates in 2011.