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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  • December 9, 2010

    Feminist Majority Foundation:  European Union ministers rejected a proposal to lengthen maternity leave by 6 weeks to a full 20 weeks.  Currently, the United States lags behind, and only provides 12 weeks of leave. 

  • December 7, 2010

    CNN: After ten years, a pay discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart is moving forward to the Supreme Court. The Court will decide whether to handle the original lawsuit as a class action suit. Plaintiffs in the suit claim that women were paid less...

  • December 7, 2010

    BBC: In the United Kingdom, many young adults are not saving enough for retirement.  Young women in particular are struggling with debt, and not able to start saving until much too late.

  • November 30, 2010

    Ms. Foundation for Women: The Domestic Workers Bill of Rights went into effect on November 29th in New York City. This bill guarantees basic work standards and protections for the nannies, caregivers, and housekeepers who work in the city and...

  • November 29, 2010

    RH Reality Check: Latinas aged 18-34 are struggling economically to pay rent and put food on the table. As a result, many make the difficult choice to sacrifice birth control for other necessities.