Economic Development & Security

Women are active players driving the economy, nationally and globally. They are important breadwinners for their families, grow most of the world’s food and are entering the formal and informal sectors of the labor market in increasing numbers. Despite their enormous contributions, women are still largely absent from leadership positions and their voices and perspectives are often missing from economic policymaking at the local, regional, national and international levels. To promote their wellbeing, women need access to adequate income and quality education to support themselves and their families. Women still earn less than men and make up a disproportionate number of the poor, both nationally and globally. In the United States, women’s wellbeing and advancement depend on their access to basic services, opportunities and safety nets, such as paid sick leave, affordable child care and elder care, advanced education, health care and adequate housing.

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Critical Issue: Measuring the impact of economic recovery efforts on women and families

Several experts from Re:Gender network members are examining the impact of the Amercian Recovery and Reinvestment Act on women and low-income families. As efforts continue to restore and jumpstart the economy, it is critical that policymakers and the public be aware of how effective these efforts are at addressing the challenges faced by those left vulnerable by the recession, joblessness and the housing crisis. For more information, visit our Economic Stimulus Package page in the Projects and Programs tab.

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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...
The Department of Labor featured an interesting segment in their newsletter this week: Secretary Solis answers three questions on a hot button issue...
This just in!  Eileen Applebaum from the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Ruth  Milkman have released findings from their latest...

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  • June 20, 2012

     The results of a study carried out by the researchers of the Inserm unit 1018 (Centre for research in Epidemiology and Population Health) and published in the International Journal of Cancer show that the risk of developing breast cancer is...


  • June 20, 2012

    A new paper by researchers at Texas Christian University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Texas at San Antonio and Arizona State University examine the "lipstick effect" and find that the more insecure the economy, the more...


  • June 20, 2012

     We have known for awhile that investing in women makes dollars and sense, now check out the numbers that prove it! We’ll be discussing it at our National Conference this week in DC!


  • June 18, 2012

    A new study by Financial Finesse Inc. suggests that the financial wellness gap between women and men is widening.


  • June 15, 2012

    A new study, published in Cancer, finds that people without health insurance in rural areas are less likely to be up-to-date for routine health check-ups and cancer screening than those with coverage