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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  • July 26, 2010

    NPR: "More than 6 months after the earthquake, Haitians -- and particularly Haitian women -- continue to struggle. Danielle St. Lot has held several positions in Haiti's government, and has spent much of her career focused on promoting...


  • July 25, 2010

    Independent:  British women are going bankrupt at an alarming rate--an over 28 per cent increase in the past year alone.  While some argue that women are irresponsible with their money, and have incurred debt maintaining lavish lifestyles,...


  • July 23, 2010

     CNN: Rwandan women make up 70% of the population, and are currently the economic backbone of this war-torn country.  They are building small businesses and becoming entrepreneurs so that they can gain equality in Rwandan economy.


  • July 18, 2010

    New York Times: According to a new report, maternal mortality is higher in New York than in almost any other state.  Women of color are the most affected, with black women seven times more likely to die in pregnancy than white women, and Hispanic...


  • July 12, 2010

    Forbes: Women's World Banking (WWB), a global network of 40 microfinance institutions and banks in 28 developing countries is moving into a broad array of products and services for women, including savings, insurance and financial education....