Economic Development & Security

Women contribute actively to economic development and sustainability. Their social status determines their access to opportunities for economic autonomy and advancement. In the US, the glass ceiling is still firmly in place in many sectors of the economy. Globally, economic development efforts are doomed to failure without women’s active involvement and participation. More efforts need to focus on empowering women as wage earners, entrepreneurs and business owners. Microfinance programs also offer great potential to lift women out of poverty.

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By Shyama Venkateswar, Ph.D.*I joined a distinguished panel of researchers, advocates, and experts at the Yale Club on Thursday, January 19th when I...
This post was originally featured on the Institute for Women's Policy Research Blog on July 19, 2011.  By Heidi Reynolds-Stenson
By Melissa StevensonAt the June 22nd brown bag lunch, “Changing Workplace Scheduling as an Anti-Poverty Strategy,” sponsored by Half in...
*By Kate MeyerLast week Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Preeta Bansal...

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  • September 2, 2010

    WeNews: As the new health reform laws begin to take effect, advocates are reaching out to uninsured women who may not be aware that they can qualify for one of the new insurance pools. However, for many low-income women, the insurance is still too...


  • 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 12, 2010

    Forbes: Women's World Banking (WWB), a global network of 40 microfinance institutions and banks in 28 developing countries is moving into a broad array of products and services for women, including savings, insurance and financial education....


  • July 8, 2010

     New York Times:  According to a new Labor Department report, the gendered wage gap widens as women get older.  Women 35 and under earn around 90% of what their male counterparts do, while women over age 35 generally earn only about 75...


  • 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...