Employment & Unemployment

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.

NWLC Issue Brief: “Women and Health Coverage: The Affordability Gap”

URL: 
http://www.nwlc.org/pdf/NWLCCommonwealthHealthInsuranceIssueBrief2007.pdf

Fact Sheet: “A Call to Action, A Pay Equity Resource Guide.” Kacie Kelly, June 2008

URL: 
http://www.mccormack.umb.edu/centers/cwppp/documents/payequityjune2008_000.pdf

Brief: “Pay Equity Resource Kit,” an informative document on the policy implications of pay equity.

URL: 
http://www.aauw.org/advocacy/issue_advocacy/actionpages/upload/payequityResourceKit.pdf

Issue Brief: "Strengthening Income and Work Supports"

Included in "A Platform for Progress: Building a Better Future for Women and Their Families/Building Economic Security" A policy summary on Earned Income Tax Credit and reform of welfare policies and administration.

URL: 
http://www.nwlc.org/details.cfm?id=3318&section=infocenter

Issue Brief: “Ensuring Access to High-Quality, Affordable Child Care”

Issue Brief: "Ensuring Access to High-Quality, Affordable Child Care"
Included in "A Platform for Progress: Building a Better Future for Women and Their Families and Building Economic Security."

URL: 
http://www.nwlc.org/details.cfm?id=3318&section=infocenter

Paper: “Childcare options in South Korea: experiences and perceptions of female college faculty.”

Paper: "Childcare options in South Korea: experiences and perceptions of female college faculty." This paper examines how societal and workplace cultures prevent people from using childcare options available to them and suggests new initiatives in childcare policies to create a more family-friendly work environment. The paper is soon to be published in the Journal about Women in Higher Education.

URL: 
http://bis.wist.re.kr/english

Report: “Women and Paid Sick Days: Crucial for Family Well-Being” Vicky Lovell 2007

URL: 
http://www.iwpr.org/pdf/B254_paidsickdaysFS.pdf

IWPR Fact Sheet: "Maternity Leave in the United States: Paid Parental Leave is Still Not Standard, Even Among the Best U.S. Employers,"

IWPR Fact Sheet: "Maternity Leave in the United States: Paid Parental Leave is Still Not Standard, Even Among the Best U.S. Employers," Vicky Lovell, Elizabeth O'Neill, and Skylar Olsen, 2007.

URL: 
http://www.iwpr.org/pdf/parentalleaveA131.pdf

Parents as Child Care Providers: A Menu of Parental Leave Models, May 2009

URL: 
http://www.iwpr.org/pdf/A136Models.pdf
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