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Former Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson speaks at forum focused on working women.

Former Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson speaks at forum focused on working women.

DES MOINES, Iowa — A forum for women and working families in Des Moines Thursday provided advice on fulfilling obligations at work and at home.

The Center for American Progress Action Fund and Progress Iowa hosted the event at the Central Library Thursday morning.

At the forum, they talked about access to paid sick days, expanding medical leave, ensuring equal pay, and increasing the minimum wage. A panel of state advocates, policy makers, and lawmakers were there to speak on the issues.

“We want people to have a deeper understanding of why these policies are so important for a strong economy in Iowa and around the country,” Shilpa Phadke, Senior Director of Center for American Progress.

Seven out of 10 Iowa families have women as their sole and primary provider.

Iowa women earn less than 78 cents for every dollar that Iowa men earn.