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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  • March 11, 2010

    The wage gap between German men and women is 23%, among the widest in the EU. That is partly because though women’s participation rate is above average for Europe, many of those women work part-time. The “one breadwinner model” of...


  • March 9, 2010

    The negative fallout from climate change is having a devastatingly lopsided impact on women compared to men, from higher death rates during natural disasters to heavier household and care burdens.


  • March 8, 2010

    A period of leave for parents intended to help keep them in the workforce was extended from three to four months by the European Union on Monday.  Parental leave is part of an EU push to keep parents in the work force by making it easier for them...


  • March 3, 2010

    Women's rights advanced in 15 of the 18 countries in the Middle East and North Africa over the past five years, the democracy watchdog group Freedom House reported Wednesday.


  • February 25, 2010

    We must make sure that all economic recovery efforts move us to an economy that addresses our nation’s long-standing imbalances and disparities.