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Women continue to lag behind men in earnings and wages. The underlying reasons for these continuing disparities are cultural, social and economic. While unemployment rates for women have declined less for women than for men during the recent economic downturn, women are still apt to have lower-paying jobs, with fewer benefits, and more part-time and interrupted careers. As the jobless rate for men rises, women are increasingly becoming primary breadwinners for their families, often without increased access to child care, elder care and help with domestic chores and other key supports.

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October 31, 2008 Posted by Linda Basch  Below is my exchange with Lisa McClain, Director of Gender Studies and an Associate Professor in the...


  • September 23, 2011

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  • September 23, 2011

    This updated report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research charts the fluctuation in men’s and women’s employment rates during the recession. It argues that men have been quicker to recover jobs lost while women’s recovery...

  • September 23, 2011

    C. Nicole Mason, Executive Director of the Women of Color Policy Network at NYU Wagner, advocates for large scale governmental interventions to alleviate poverty. She also notes that those who oppose “large government” have suggested no...

  • September 23, 2011

    At the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Women and the Economy Summit in San Francisco, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with delegates and ministers from twenty one countries in Asia and the Americas. Clinton highlighted women’s...

  • September 23, 2011

    In a Daily Beast article, Leslie Bennetts looks at the Census Bureau’s latest figures on poverty showing that women are hit hardest in every category, but somehow the major media omitted to mention it in their reports. She suggests some of what...