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...

News

  • August 31, 2010

    FINS: Women are disappearing at brokerages, investment banks, and asset management companies, despite new programs designed to recruit and retain them.  At the same time, the ranks of men in the industry are continuing to grow, which suggests...


  • August 30, 2010

    KPBS: The California legislature has unanimously voted fpr a bill that would restore the Every Woman Counts Program, which offers breast and cervical cancer screenings to more than 6000 low-income women a year.  It is unclear whethe Governor...


  • August 29, 2010

    CNN: Due to the economic recession, the number of babies being born in the United States has dropped 2.6 percent.  Some women will choose to have babies in the future when the economy recovers, while others will not have children at all.  ...


  • August 26, 2010

    USA Today: Wal-Mart is facing a class action lawsuit stemming from charges that it pays women less than men, and that women have fewer opportunities and wait longer for promotions.


  • August 25, 2010

    USA Today: Alan Simpson, the Republican co-chairman of a bipartisan fiscal commision has landed in hot water over his sexist and offensive comments to the Older Women's League, where he descibed Social Security as a "milk cow with 310 million...