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,...
Quality early care and education are truly a gifts that will keep on giving, not only to mothers, but to all of us.  We’re not saying that...
Did you know that women are more likely to face negative social consequences for negotiating?  This seems to go against the pervasive...
A recent New York Times editorial states that under the Obama administration the homeless population has remained steady. The American Recovery and...
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...

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  • April 15, 2010

    Just when to have the first child is more than just a family decision for the couple; it may have longer-term repercussions that affect a woman's lifelong earnings, according to a preliminary study presented Thursday at a session of the Population...


  • April 13, 2010

    Working Mother announced the following six winners on April 13:

     CCLC –...

  • April 12, 2010

    A Q&A session with SONIA MONTAÑO, head of ECLAC's gender unit:

    "The problem is that in every country, fewer women carry out paid work than men. Although there are various reasons...


  • April 10, 2010

    The most common statement of the gap in the U.S. is that women earn 77 cents for every dollar that men do.  However, economists find a smaller gap after adjusting for various factors.

    However, economists find a smaller gap after adjusting...


  • April 9, 2010

    Do women really earn 23% less than men? It depends on how you interpret the numbers.

    People often assume that the gender gap measures how much a woman is paid for doing the same job as a man. Instead, the figure is based on a broader look at...