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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...
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 2, 2010

    A new study by the American Sociological Association suggests that having a husband who works long hours can significantly hurt a woman's career, leaving her less time for paid work because she is still expected to do the majority of household and...


  • April 1, 2010

    Erin Kotecki Vest, political director of BlogHer.com, discusses the political gender gap in light of the new health care reform bill.


  • March 15, 2010

    The television industry sector remains riddled with sexist attitudes and is uncongenial to working mothers, a survey published today suggests.

    Fifty-five per cent of the 179 TV workers interviewed for the survey said it is difficult to get back...


  • March 11, 2010

    The wage gap between German men and women is 23%, among the widest in the EU. That is partly because though women’s participation rate is above average for Europe, many of those women work part-time. The “one breadwinner model” of...


  • March 8, 2010

    A period of leave for parents intended to help keep them in the workforce was extended from three to four months by the European Union on Monday.  Parental leave is part of an EU push to keep parents in the work force by making it easier for them...