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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  • June 24, 2010

    New York TImes: Women in China are a tiny majority in politics, and is falling behind other nations in terms of female representation at all levels of government.  In addition, the income gap between women and men is growing, and has widened more...


  • June 20, 2010

    Businessweek:  Microfinance, which provides financial sercices to low-income people who traditionally lack access to banking, is now "showing characteristics of the western financial markets before the collapse,” as people are being...


  • June 17, 2010

    Vancouver Sun:  Filipino women leave their families in large numbers in order to join Canada's federal Live-in Caregiver Program, where they provide care for Canadian children, the elderly and the disabled.  The women come to Canada for the...


  • June 17, 2010

    Atlantic: "Earlier this year, women became the majority of the workforce for the first time in U.S. history. Most managers are now women too. And for every two men who get a college degree this year, three women will do the same. For years,...


  • June 16, 2010

    Alternet: Five women from Arizona are part of a delegation that is testifying before Congress about the impact of SB 1070 on immigrant families.  SB 1070 which makes it a crime to be undocumented in Arizona.