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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  • September 7, 2010

    Chronicle of Higher Education:  While three out of four fundraising and development jobs are held by women, more men hold the top fund-raising administrator positions running the nation's largest charities. 


  • Women Fight for Equality on the Trading Floor
    September 2, 2010

    FINS: Trading floors are lacking in women, as only 29% of those "selling and buying stocks, bonds and other instruments in the U.S. were women, some 333,000, according to figures compiled by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Female...


  • September 1, 2010

    The Times of India: Amendments to two laws governing adoption and guardianship now allow women to have equal rights.  A mother and a father can now both be appointed as guardians of adopted children, and married women who are separated from their...


  • September 1, 2010

    Institute for Women's Policy Research: a new report details how women continue to earn less than men, despite high education levels and job skills.  In fact, the more highly skilled and educated a woman is, the larger the gap between her male...


  • August 31, 2010

    FINS: Women are disappearing at brokerages, investment banks, and asset management companies, despite new programs designed to recruit and retain them.  At the same time, the ranks of men in the industry are continuing to grow, which suggests...