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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- By Gail Cooper and Isabel Jenkins -Passed in 1965, the Equal Pay Act was lauded as a victory in the fight to end gender-based pay...
On July 11th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a version of the farm bill that eliminates all nutritional aid to hungry Americans in need,...
This Sunday, bouquets of roses, Hallmark cards, and restaurant reservations will be deployed by citizenry anxious to promote and valorize an ideal...
Quality early care and education are truly gifts that will keep on giving, not only to mothers, but to all of us.  We’re not saying that...
Did you know that women are more likely to face negative social consequences for negotiating?  This seems to go against the pervasive...

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  • September 23, 2011

    A Voice of America commentary recommends empowering women globally as a way to create favorable outcomes in poverty alleviation, economic growth, and general prosperity.

     


  • September 22, 2011

    Legal Momentum provides a gender analysis of the 2010 US Census Bureau statistics on poverty showing that women are 29% more likely to be poor, and looks at the rates of poverty among different segments of the population organized by age, family...


  • September 22, 2011

     The vast majority of households receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) are headed by single mothers. These benefits are inadequate, usually lower than $8.00 daily for a family of three. Congress must reauthorize TANF by the...


  • September 22, 2011

    National Women’s Law Center highlights some of the data released by the US Census Bureau as it relates to women’s poverty rates.

     


  • September 22, 2011

    "There was some effort to get some of the women's jobs saved-- mostly teachers and counselors and education support workers-- and I think that's more than people were expecting him to propose," said Jeffrey Hayes, senior research associate...