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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  • August 31, 2010

    FINS: Women are disappearing at brokerages, investment banks, and asset management companies, despite new programs designed to recruit and retain them.  At the same time, the ranks of men in the industry are continuing to grow, which suggests...


  • August 26, 2010

    USA Today: Wal-Mart is facing a class action lawsuit stemming from charges that it pays women less than men, and that women have fewer opportunities and wait longer for promotions.


  • June 1, 2010

    From BBC: In the 40 years since the passage of the Equal Pay Act, women in Scotland working full time earn significantly less than male colleagues--about 12% less.  Women in management find even more of disparity, earning 55% less than their male...


  • May 20, 2010

    From CNN:  Recent studies by sociologists are showing that more and more women have higher education levels and salary than the men they are marrying. A Pew Research Center report notes that women between the ages of 30-44 are making more money...


  • April 16, 2010

    India, Brazil and South Africa, known collectively as the IBSA, issued a joint statement, which highlights their commitment to democratic values and to strengthening their cooperation in several fields....