Economic Development & Security

Women continue to lag behind men in earnings and wages. The underlying reasons for these continuing disparities are cultural, social and economic. While unemployment rates for women have declined less for women than for men during the recent economic downturn, women are still apt to have lower-paying jobs, with fewer benefits, and more part-time and interrupted careers. As the jobless rate for men rises, women are increasingly becoming primary breadwinners for their families, often without increased access to child care, elder care and help with domestic chores and other key supports.

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By Yvonne Liu* One year has passed since the Obama administration enacted the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the largest...
By Lauren D. Appelbaum* Despite two quarters of GDP growth and a declining unemployment rate, 20,000 jobs were lost last month. Without 33,000...
By Deepak Bhargava* We put trillions of dollars on the line to rescue Wall Street from self inflicted wounds, yet at a time of historic unemployment...


  • February 1, 2012

     This slideshow ranking of the top 20 cities where women earn the most was compiled from the 2010 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau, using the average earnings for full-time, year-round female workers in the largest metro...

  • January 26, 2012

     The pay is low and injuries are common, but nursing care is a rare bright spot in the gloomy economic landscape, adding jobs at a steady clip. As the field has grown, so, too, have efforts to unionize.

  • January 23, 2012

     Gingrich has always implied that programs for people in need are really just for lazy African-Americans. He’s done it again, all over the campaign trail, most spectacularly this week in South Carolina with his straw man du jour, the...

  • January 20, 2012

     With a growing need for family-friendly workplace policies, a new study commissioned by the National Partnership for Women & Families, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, concludes that providing paid family leave to workers leads...

  • January 18, 2012

     Policy institutions, like the Institute for Women's Policy Research need to start asking the right questions--questions that go to the economic value of working longer.