Despite two quarters of GDP growth and a declining unemployment rate, 20,000 jobs were lost last month. Without 33,000 temporary Census jobs, 53,000 jobs would have disappeared. Job loss has slowed since the 583,000 jobs per month lost on average between January and June, and ARRA has certainly played a role. But effects of that stimulus are fading. More needs to be done or the potential gains from a budding recovery will disappear and we will see continued job loss.
We put trillions of dollars on the line to rescue Wall Street from self inflicted wounds, yet at a time of historic unemployment rates, some are calling for shrinking the deficit on the backs of America's workers by refusing to take the bold steps needed to put people back to work.
As we mark the one-year ARRA anniversary, it’s time to look at strategies on the road to recovery.
ARRA investment can promote and fund an economic recovery that works for all of us. Or, stimulus investment can go to those who’ve always had more, reinforcing existing inequities, and leaving women, people of color, and low-income families further behind. Much of ARRA’s $819 billion funding is still to be spent, and we must ensure that the recovery helps those most in need.
On Valentine's Day, Linda Basch, President of the National Council for Research on Women, wrote an op-ed calling for greater gender equity:
This Valentine's Day, skip the chocolates and the teddy bears. Don't bother with expensive flowers or that revealing lingerie you've been eyeing. Quite frankly, many of us are just not in the mood. What women really want, in these volatile times, is greater economic opportunity and security.
Last night the NCRW Emerging Leaders Network hosted Julie Gilbert, CEO and Founder of Wolf Means Business, at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Gilbert addressed an enthusiastic and engaged audience about the power of networking and team-building and harnessing the potential of women to create transformative change in the business community and beyond.
According to national studies, women hold more than half of all professional occupations in the U.S. but fewer than 24 percent of all computing-related occupations, representing a huge pool of untapped talent. The numbers are not moving in favor of increasing women’s participation in technology; in 2008 women earned only 18 percent of all computer science degrees. Back in 1985, women earned 37 percent of CS degrees, nearly double today’s share.
The Obama Administration has made ending violence against women a national and global priority by supporting tougher anti-violence laws and appointing senior level officials for gender issues. Now is the time to get the facts on violence against women. Download NCRW's newest fact sheet: Ending Violence Against Women--An Imperative for a Healthy Nation. The fact sheet includes information on violent crime, intimate partner/domestic violence, stalking, workplace violence, and much more. For instance, did you know that nearly half of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors lose their jobs as a result?
Calling all data geeks! The Bureau of Labor Statistics has made some really exciting changes to its monthly employment situation releases. We now have greater insight into women’s employment situation thanks to greater gender disaggregation of employment data. BLS has also added stats for persons with a disability, veterans, and foreign born workers.
Last month, I could only tell you women’s unemployment rate and break that down by race. This month, I have SO much more to report. For instance,
Today we learned about this newly launched national initiative that "seeks to educate and build the self-esteem of middle school girls to increase their knowledge of the political process and encourage future political involvement." It’s called Girls Rock the House: