Economic Security

Bridging the Racial Wealth Gap

By Courtney A. Fiske*

The gap between the personal wealth of white and black Americans undergirds socioeconomic inequality in the United States. What’s more, it’s widening.

This fact served as the springboard for an online seminar hosted last Thursday by the Insight Center for Community Economic Development. Entitled “Social Security at 75,” the discussion probed the intersections between race, wealth (defined as earnings minus expenditures), and economic security.


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The Recession's Deepening Toll on Women

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Ms. Foundation for Women

A congressional briefing to release the findings of a major new poll showing that a majority of Americans believe the government should play a larger role in shaping our economy and creating jobs.

NWLC Fact Sheet: Women’s Lower Wages Worsen their Circumstances

American women earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts.This gap in earnings translates into $10,622 less per year in female median earnings. The effect of the wage gap is even more substantial when race and gender are brought into the picture; African-American women and Latinas earn 61 cents and 52 cents, respectively, for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men. Although enforcement of the Equal Pay Act as well as other civil rights laws has helped to narrow the wage gap over time, it is critical for women and their families that the significant disparities in pay that remain be addressed.

URL: 
http://www.nwlc.org/pdf/lowerwageshurtwomen.pdf
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What does the financial crisis have to do with human rights?

This week Radhika Balakrishnan—the new Executive Director of the Center for Global Women’s Leadership—and James Heintz—co-author with Nancy Folbre of The Ultimate Field Guide to the U.S. Economy—asked the question, “What does the financial crisis have to do with human rights?” This question is refreshing amidst the endless, morbid data on just how bad the crisis is and how much people are suffering. The question offers a pathway to sustainable economic recovery by emphasizing the essential relationship between a government and its people.


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Women in the Down Economy: Impacts of the Recession and the Stimulus in Massachusetts

Women's and men's work (both in and out of the labor force) still differs, so we can expect that the economic crisis has had a distinct impact on women as well as their families. This policy brief discusses how the down economy has differentially impacted women and men in Massachusetts and the gendered implications of federal stimulus spending.

URL: 
http://www.mccormack.umb.edu/centers/cwppp/documents/CWPPPWomenDownEconomyMarch2010_001.pdf

How are Women Faring in Massachusetts?

There has been a lot of talk about the gender dimensions of the Great Recession and subsequent recovery efforts--most notably the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. But there has been little actual data.


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NCRW Summary: Economic Recovery in the Cities

FEBRUARY 1, 2010 Representatives from New York City and surrounding cities gathered at Columbia University to discuss economic recovery in a citywide context. This discussion, hosted by David N. Dinkins, emphasized that U.S. cities and their metropolitan areas were hardest hit by this economic recession. The speakers and panelists examined the impact of President Obama’s policies on the economic challenges in the NY-NJ-Penn region.

Race, Gender and Economic Justice in the U.S.

March 9, 2010 posted by Jacqueline Mumbey*

This afternoon, NCRW co-sponsored a CSW side event with the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, The Opportunity Agenda, and the Human Rights Project of the Urban Justice Center. The discussion sought to give a “face” to the current debates on the economic crisis.


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