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...


  • June 16, 2010

    Alternet: Five women from Arizona are part of a delegation that is testifying before Congress about the impact of SB 1070 on immigrant families.  SB 1070 which makes it a crime to be undocumented in Arizona.


  • June 14, 2010

    Forbes:  According to the latest research, only 14 women are self-made billionaires, compared to 665 men, which include the three richest people in the world.


  • June 10, 2010

    BBC: A new campaign in Scotland is drawing attention to the fact that older breast cancer patients do not receive the same treatment as younger ones, and often do not receive chemotherapy or surgery.

  • June 10, 2010

    Jakarta Globe: The huge stimage surrounding teen pregnancies in Indonesia make it difficult for adolescents to access limited health services. Abortions among teens is very high, with illegal and unsafe abortions accounting for a high maternal...

  • June 9, 2010

    Women's eNews: The Patsy Takemoto Mink Fellowship, named after the former Congresswoman from Hawaii, assists low-income women in gaining an education by awarding scholarships to needy women who are fighting for access to education. Mink strongly...