ECONOMIC SECURITY SUMMIT - Reinvesting in Women and Families: Developing an Economy for the Future

Friday, October 8, 2010


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Experts in research, advocacy, policy, and phillanthropy from across the U.S. will gather to share knowledge on:

  • the impact of the economic crisis and economic recovery efforts on low-income women, especially women of color of all ages, their families and other vulnerable communities such as immigrants and LGBTQ people
  • the impact of ARRA and other legislation such as the Affordable Care Act on women, working families, and other vulnerable communities
  • developing models of measuring succes

By coming together, these thought leaders will gain a deeper understanding of the intersecting issues in pathways to economic security for women, working families, and vulnerable communities and identify knowledge gaps.

The Summit aims to identify pathways to economic security that can inform short-term policy goals over the next few years and shape a future economy that works to end inequities rather than perpetuate them. These pathways will include the roles of key players such as researchers, community organizations, policymakers, funders, and media.

Summit participants will propose policy recommendations and innovative strategies, as well as build collaborations and partnerships.

Attendance at the summit is by invitation only. You can follow the proceedings on a live blog here on The Real Deal or on Twitter with the hashtag #femecon.

To learn more about the impact of the economic crisis and recovery efforts on low-income women of all ages, especially women of color, and their families, read NCRW's background paper.

News media/bloggers, contact: Vivienne Heston-Demirel,; tel: 212 785-7335, ext 201 

Provisional Agenda

9:00-9:30 Introductions and Overview of Day

9:30 – 11:00 How are we doing?

  1. Understanding these issues in light of the impact of the economic crisis
  2. What has been the impact of ARRA funds and other legislation such as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Paycheck Fairness Act, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and the FY2011 Federal Budget on women of all ages, working families, and other vulnerable communities?

11:15—12:45 Where are we going?

  1. City/State/National initiatives to address the impact
  2. New partnerships
  3. Where are the current gaps in knowledge?

12:45—1:00 Pick Up Box Lunches

1:00—2:30 Breakout Groups to Develop and Identify Pathways to Economic Security

  • Economic Security (job creation, green jobs, non-traditional jobs, microenterprise, asset building, minimum wage)
  • Social Supports and Safety Nets (child care, housing, transportation, paid leave, welfare, food stamps, unemployment insurance)
  • Education (accessing job training and retraining, community colleges, GED, ESL)
  • Healthcare (access to quality healthcare including primary and preventive care, affordable health care coverage, providing support and good jobs to the health care workforce, women’s health concerns for other people such as children and parents)
  1. What do we need to know to provide adequate support and access to women, working families and other vulnerable populations? How do we get this knowledge?
  2. What are innovative policy solutions and recommendations? Who do we need to work with to move this agenda forward?
  3. What are new models of programming to provide adequate support and access to women, working families and other vulnerable populations? How do we measure change/success?
  4. What are the key messages we need to send out to the media?
  5. What new approaches should funders take to ensure the success of these efforts?

2:30—2:45 Break

2:45—4:15 Report on Breakout Groups and Feedback: Advancing a progressive social agenda.

  • How do the issues discussed in the breakout groups intersect?
  • What are the roles and next steps for:
  1. Research
  2. Policy
  3. Advocacy
  4. Women’s Funds
  5. Media and Communications

4:15—4:30 Round Robin: What are your commitments moving forward?

4:30—5:00 Wrap Up

5:00—6:00 ReceptionC