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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A recent New York Times editorial states that under the Obama administration the homeless population has remained steady. The American Recovery and...

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  • September 5, 2011

    Women are twice as likely to suffer from depression compared with 40 years ago because they are trying to juggle families and careers, European researchers claim. As many as one in seven will be affected by the condition at some point in their...


  • August 31, 2011

    Despite women's pay rising faster than men's in the UK, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) said it would take 98 years to gain parity at current rates. The gap between how much male and female managers are paid has widened by £500 to...


  • August 30, 2011

    In tests of spatial ability, men traditionally outperform women. But men’s spatial superiority disappears among Northeast India’s Khasi villagers, say economist Moshe Hoffman of the University of California, San Diego and his colleagues....


  • August 29, 2011

    Stacy Blackman summarizes several recent studies and articles that discuss the wage gap between men and women with MBAs.  


  • August 29, 2011

    Center for Work-Life Policy fellow Diana Forster argues that companies need to actively cultivate relationships between high-potential female employees and more senior-level advocates. Post includes links to several recent studies and articles.