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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AGENDA Annual Conference 2012 external rev March 30
INTRODUCTION: ECONOMIC SECURITY SUMMIT POLICY BRIEFS
NCRW Summit Social Supports and Safety Nets Policy Brief (2010)
NCRW Background Paper: Reinvesting in Women and Families
NCRW Background Paper: Project on the Economic Recovery Act