The Institute for Women’s Policy Research gave our state a C- for work and family issues, which ranks us 24th nationally. That rating reflects access to paid leave to care for a child or family member, the gender gap in numbers of women and men with kids under 6 and jobs, and child-care concerns such as cost and preschool enrollment.

Improving our state’s grade requires action by private citizens and civic leaders alike. But Massachusetts companies are crucial to this effort. Here’s what our businesses need to focus on.

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