Economic Security

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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