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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A recent New York Times editorial states that under the Obama administration the homeless population has remained steady. The American Recovery and...

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  • June 14, 2010

    Forbes:  According to the latest research, only 14 women are self-made billionaires, compared to 665 men, which include the three richest people in the world.

     


  • June 10, 2010

    BBC: A new campaign in Scotland is drawing attention to the fact that older breast cancer patients do not receive the same treatment as younger ones, and often do not receive chemotherapy or surgery.


  • June 10, 2010

    Jakarta Globe: The huge stimage surrounding teen pregnancies in Indonesia make it difficult for adolescents to access limited health services. Abortions among teens is very high, with illegal and unsafe abortions accounting for a high maternal...


  • June 9, 2010

    Women's eNews: The Patsy Takemoto Mink Fellowship, named after the former Congresswoman from Hawaii, assists low-income women in gaining an education by awarding scholarships to needy women who are fighting for access to education. Mink strongly...


  • June 9, 2010

    U.S. Department of State: Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer gives testimony before the Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human...