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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  • April 10, 2010

    The most common statement of the gap in the U.S. is that women earn 77 cents for every dollar that men do.  However, economists find a smaller gap after adjusting for various factors.

    However, economists find a smaller gap after adjusting...


  • April 9, 2010

    Do women really earn 23% less than men? It depends on how you interpret the numbers.

    People often assume that the gender gap measures how much a woman is paid for doing the same job as a man. Instead, the figure is based on a broader look at...


  • April 4, 2010

    Women in life sciences research still earn less than their male counterparts, with no obvious explanation for the disparity, researchers found. After accounting for professional characteristics and publication volume, female researchers earned an...


  • April 1, 2010

    Erin Kotecki Vest, political director of BlogHer.com, discusses the political gender gap in light of the new health care reform bill.


  • March 28, 2010

    In Johannesburg last week nearly 300 rights advocates and politicians brainstormed for three days about how to make governments in 10 countries of southern Africa friendlier to women.  Gender Links, a nongovernmental organization based...