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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- By Gail Cooper and Isabel Jenkins -Passed in 1965, the Equal Pay Act was lauded as a victory in the fight to end gender-based pay...
On July 11th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a version of the farm bill that eliminates all nutritional aid to hungry Americans in need,...
This Sunday, bouquets of roses, Hallmark cards, and restaurant reservations will be deployed by citizenry anxious to promote and valorize an ideal...
Quality early care and education are truly a gifts that will keep on giving, not only to mothers, but to all of us.  We’re not saying that...
Did you know that women are more likely to face negative social consequences for negotiating?  This seems to go against the pervasive...

News

  • July 29, 2010

    Alternet: According to a new report released this week from the Women’s Media Center and Prudential Financial titled, “Financial...


  • 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...