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.


In keeping with a long-standing commitment to advancing women’s economic well-being, the Council has launched several initiatives aimed at strengthening the economic security of women of all ages, particularly women of color, and their dependents. In close collaboration with researchers, advocates, policymakers, and funders, these initiatives seek to identify solutions to move women and children from poverty to greater economic resiliency and autonomy.

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Looking to Women in America for Solutions

*By Kate Meyer

Last week Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Preeta Bansal, General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, hosted a White House Webchat to highlight findings from the recently released report Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being. Here at NCRW we were thrilled to see Jarrett and Bansal advocating for the same policies and programs that are on our agenda.

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Are We Rolling Back Child Care with Budget Cuts?

By Kate Meyer*

The National Women’s Law Center hosted a call last week on What’s Next for Early Childhood in the 112th Congress with speakers Helen Blank of the National Women’s Law Center, Danielle Ewen of CLASP, Adele Robinson of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and Harriet Dichter of the First Five Years Fund. All of the presenters emphasized the importance of continuing to fund early childhood programs, especially childcare, Head Start, and Early Head Start, and were hopeful about the pending creation of the Early Learning Challenge Fund.

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New Report! Leaves That Pay

This just in!  Eileen Applebaum from the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Ruth  Milkman have released findings from their latest report, Leaves that Pay: Employer and Worker Experiences with Paid Family Leave in California. In addition to new data and analysis on experiences with California's unique Paid Family Leave program, Applebaum and Milkman also offer a handy timeline of leave policymaking at the state and federal level as well as data on access to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). For instance, did you know that FMLA’s coverage is limited to only about half of all workers, and less than a fifth of all new mothers? 

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