IWPR Fact Sheet: Women and Unemployment Insurance: Outdated Rules Deny Benefits That Workers Need and Have earned (2008)

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) system is designed to provide temporary income assistance to workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own. Benefits are not equally available to the unemployed, however; women, low-wage, and part-time workers are less likely than men, higher-wage, and full-time workers to qualify for and receive UI benefits.