Gender and Precarity

This initiative explores how systems and societal “norms” governing gender and economics create financial instability for women and gender non-conforming individuals. Focused on applying a gender lens across five key issues — workplace structures, aff™ordable housing, sexual violence, occupational segregation and immigration — the initiative emboldens organizations to pursue financial stability for all genders as the primary strategy for ending economic injustice and achieving equality.

Using a combination of Re:Gender's programmatic tools—annual summits and convenings, primers and Gender Stats — we will draw our network into a wide-ranging exploration of research and action on specific issue as they relate to precarity. Our goals are to:

  • Strengthen other organizations' use of a gender lens to highlight issues that overlap to create economic instability
  • Facilitate shared understanding and resources across sectors and disciplines to inform the development of programs, policies and public education campaigns

To join one of our yearlong cross-sector learning groups and explore the ways that you can link issues of gender and financial vulnerability in your work, please contact Gail Cooper at gcooper[at]

Topics covered in the initiative include:



Precarious Lives: Gender Lens on Low-Wage Work

Gender Lens on Poverty

Gender Stat: Poverty


Housing Series

Gender Lens on Affordable Housing

Gender Stat on Affordable Housing


Occupational Segregation Series

Occupational Segregation Primer

Everything You Need to Know about the Equal Pay Act (primer)


Workplace Series

Gender Stat: Wages and Benefits

Independent Workers and the Changing Workplace Primer


Sexual Violence Series

Gender Stat: Sexual Violence, Work and Financial Precarity



Learning Groups

These groups will provide an opportunity for individuals and institutions to explore how to link issues of gender and precarity more firmly in their understanding and in their work, based on one of the five topics described earlier in this document (workplace structures and conditions, affordable housing, gender based violence, occupational segregation and immigration). Each group will be cross-sector and meet on average once per month via web conferencing (ReadyTalk, Skype, etc.), and the Re:Gender will work with each to articulate challenges and opportunities that become visible when using a cross-sector gender lens. A positive outcome for the learning groups is evidence of participants’ use of a gender lens in reports, commentaries, programming, etc. they create during or after their participation. Each group will report on their activities during Re:Gender's 2015 summit.