Safety Nets

Women in the United States frequently lack basic services that are taken for granted in many other parts of the world. To be able to live in economic security, they require educational opportunities; paid sick leave; affordable, quality child care and elder care; as well as portable health care and adequate retirement benefits to protect them throughout their lives. While programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Food Stamps are available, they do not go far enough. More robust safety nets are needed to lift and keep women and their families out of poverty.

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Economic Security Summit: How are we Doing?

By Kyla Bender-Baird

The day is finally here! Today is the Economic Security Summit, Reinvesting in Women and Families: Developing an Economy for the Future. The Council has partnered with the New York Women's Foundation, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Women's Funding Network, the Women of Color Policy Network at NYU Wagner, and the Silver Century Foundation to bring together experts in research, advocacy, policymaking, media, and philanthropy.

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NCRW Background Paper: Reinvesting in Women and Families

Based on available research, it is clear that while the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been a largely successful social investment, it has not been sufficient to meet the needs of vulnerable Americans, particularly low-income women and women of color. ARRA may have created or saved three million jobs, but unemployment remains high, especially for communities of color and single mothers, and Census data indicate that poverty levels have reached an historic high. And there is still so much that is unknown. More research is needed to evaluate the impact of ARRA funding on low-income women of all ages, especially women of color, and their families.

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The Economy Needs a Triple Hitter: Jobs, Safety Nets and Targeted Policies

Check out the latest from NCRW Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the Women of Color Policy Network at NYU Wagner, Nicole Mason:

According to the U.S. Census, there are enough new poor people in the U.S. to fill the New York Yankees Stadium more than six times over. And since the start of the recession in 2007, over six million have slipped into poverty--that's more than twice the size of the city of Chicago. This is not a simply a case of the poor sliding deeper into poverty, but of individuals straddling the line between middle class stability and poverty falling over the edge.

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