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

  • June 26, 2010

    Los Angeles Times: A new study posits the plight faced by widows as a human rights issue, many of whom suffer discrimination and abuse,and are trapped in poverty.   The report found at least 245 million widows worldwide, almost half living...


  • June 24, 2010

    New York TImes: Women in China are a tiny majority in politics, and is falling behind other nations in terms of female representation at all levels of government.  In addition, the income gap between women and men is growing, and has widened more...


  • June 20, 2010

    Businessweek:  Microfinance, which provides financial sercices to low-income people who traditionally lack access to banking, is now "showing characteristics of the western financial markets before the collapse,” as people are being...


  • June 17, 2010

    Vancouver Sun:  Filipino women leave their families in large numbers in order to join Canada's federal Live-in Caregiver Program, where they provide care for Canadian children, the elderly and the disabled.  The women come to Canada for the...


  • June 17, 2010

    Atlantic: "Earlier this year, women became the majority of the workforce for the first time in U.S. history. Most managers are now women too. And for every two men who get a college degree this year, three women will do the same. For years,...