Economic Development & Security
Women are active players driving the economy, nationally and globally. They are important breadwinners for their families, grow most of the world’s food and are entering the formal and informal sectors of the labor market in increasing numbers. Despite their enormous contributions, women are still largely absent from leadership positions and their voices and perspectives are often missing from economic policymaking at the local, regional, national and international levels. To promote their wellbeing, women need access to adequate income and quality education to support themselves and their families. Women still earn less than men and make up a disproportionate number of the poor, both nationally and globally. In the United States, women’s wellbeing and advancement depend on their access to basic services, opportunities and safety nets, such as paid sick leave, affordable child care and elder care, advanced education, health care and adequate housing.
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Reports & Publications
Obama hails Height as humble force for equality
The Intersection of Race, Gender and Wealth: Why Disparities Matter
AC 2009: "Women and the Economic Crisis - Challenges and Opportunities"
Shyama Venkateswar: status report on women and economic security (94.9 FM Hudson Valley)
Publication Party: The Global and the Intimate