Economic Development & Security

Compared to men, women spend a disproportionate amount of time attending to the needs of children and adults under their care.. Because of caregiving demands, more than half of employed women caregivers have made special workplace arrangements, such as arriving late, leaving early or working fewer hours. Women represent 61 percent of all caregivers and 75 percent of caregivers who report feeling very strained emotionally, physically or financially by such responsibilities. Minor-aged women and girls also shoulder caregiving duties, usually unrecognized and uncompensated. Affordable, accessible, quality child care and elder care, as well as greater delegation of responsibilities to spouses and partners, are required to offset the overwhelming care loads within families and communities.

Re:Gender Resources

    In keeping with a long-standing commitment to advancing women’s economic well-being, the...

  • NCRW Summit Social Supports and Safety Nets Policy Brief (2010)
    Participants in the breakout session on social supports and safety nets focused their attention on...

  • NCRW Fact Sheet: Affordable Child Care Needed as Women's Labor Force Participation Grows
    Making childcare affordable is critical to working families and key to women’s economic well-...

  • NCRW Fact Sheet: Guaranteed Paid Leave--A National Imperative for Women and Families
    The lack of guaranteed paid leave creates economic hardship for the U.S. labor force as well as...

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Sept 29, 2008 posted by Linda Basch WELCOME! Welcome to The REAL DEAL, the National Council for Research on Women's new blog on issues that...


  • November 15, 2011
    There was a moment in time when women could live their lives serially -- have their children during the 1950s and 60s, when not much more than that was expected of them; launch those children by the 70s and 80s, when doors were newly opened to women...

  • November 15, 2011
    In a country where sex education focuses primarily on avoiding pregnancy and preventing sexually transmitted diseases, most women believe that having a baby is inevitably easy. But that neglects the reality that infertility affects some 7.3...

  • November 14, 2011

    Economist Nancy Folbre asks, "Do poor people represent the bottom 16 percent of the population or the bottom 15 percent? The answer matters more than you might think."


  • November 12, 2011
    A new study on Japan by the Center for Work-Life Policy (CWLP) which focuses on the career pathways of highly-qualified women finds a potential solution to this country’s talent crunch and demographic crisis.

  • November 9, 2011
    Ever wonder what’s on the other side of the cubicle? While many of us toil away at our computers, some American workers have jobs that involve travel, adventure and even danger. These jobs, intoxicating for the people who hold them, are...