INTRODUCTION: ECONOMIC SECURITY SUMMIT POLICY BRIEFS

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.

As part of this effort, in October 2010, NCRW organized a Summit – Reinvesting in Women and Families: Developing an Economy for the Future – in partnership with the New York Women’s Foundation, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Silver Century Foundation, the Women’s Funding Network, and the Women of Color Policy Network at NYU Wagner to bring together experts and advocates to explore the status of women during economic recovery efforts and identify solutions to improve their lives. Highlights from Summit recommendations were included in four policy briefs in the areas of: economic security, social supports, education, and health care.