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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On July 11th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a version of the farm bill that eliminates all nutritional aid to hungry Americans in need,...
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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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  • October 14, 2010

    Washington Post: Although the number of women earning over $100,000 has jumped by close to 15%, the rest of the female population is still struggling, earning 43% less than their male counterparts during retirement years, and 20% less than full time...


  • September 24, 2010

    RH Reality Check:  Women now make up almost 50% of hte labor force yet still make only 77 cents on the dollar to their male counterparts.  The Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) hopes to change all that.  The legislation has already passed the...


  • September 7, 2010

    Chronicle of Higher Education:  While three out of four fundraising and development jobs are held by women, more men hold the top fund-raising administrator positions running the nation's largest charities. 


  • Women Fight for Equality on the Trading Floor
    September 2, 2010

    FINS: Trading floors are lacking in women, as only 29% of those "selling and buying stocks, bonds and other instruments in the U.S. were women, some 333,000, according to figures compiled by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Female...


  • September 1, 2010

    Institute for Women's Policy Research: a new report details how women continue to earn less than men, despite high education levels and job skills.  In fact, the more highly skilled and educated a woman is, the larger the gap between her male...