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.

FAST FACT: Sanctioning Those Most in Need

By Courtney A. Fiske*

A report released last week by Legal Momentum reveals the serious repercussions of financial sanctions in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. As the report, The Sanction Epidemic in the TANF Program, argues, these sanctions—overly harsh and haphazardly applied—jeopardize the well-being our nation’s most economically vulnerable.

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NCRW Background Paper: Project on the Economic Recovery Act

In the midst of the current economic crisis—which is exacerbating previously existing disparities and inequalities in the United States—the Recovery Act offers an opportune moment to raise up public investment for all Americans and make inroads on gender equality. Building on the Council’s commitment to policies and programs that advance women’s economic well-being, this project aims to gain a better understanding of the impact of the Act on women and their families. Additionally, the project would examine the inequities in the Recovery Act’s allocation of resources and ways to address the resulting disparities.

A Brief History of the Women's Donor Activist Movement

This video was inspired by historian Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner who brilliantly determined to preserve and document the writings of suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage. In the 19th century, Gage complained that women of means funded their husbands' alma maters, churches and the ballet, but rarely stepped forward to fund their suffragette sisters. Imagine how different the world would be today if women had begun funding women sooner! This fast-moving video shows how today's women's funding movement, and new giving trends like Women Moving Millions, are literally changing the course of history. Video produced for The Sister Fund by Chicken & Egg Pictures, The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation and Great Plains Productions.


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Policy Is About Priority: Where Do Moms Fit in?

By Rylee Sommers-Flanagan*

This post originally appeared on the Health Justice Blog associated with the Health Justice Division of the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.

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