Economic Development & Security

Women are more likely to be poor than men, both in the United States and across the globe. Female-headed households are more liable to live in poverty. Families headed by single women in the US are more than twice as likely as other families to be poor. The poverty divide is even more dramatic for people of color: in the US, African-American (26.5 percent) and Latina women (23.6 percent) register much higher poverty rates than white women (11.6 percent). Evidence-based, research-driven policies and programs that recognize the diverse realities of poverty and attack its root causes are critical for producing change.

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- By Gail Cooper and Isabel Jenkins -Passed in 1965, the Equal Pay Act was lauded as a victory in the fight to end gender-based pay...
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...

News

  • May 5, 2011

    Ms. Foundation for Women conducted a national poll that finds that women  bear the brunt of the current economic crisis.


  • December 7, 2010

    BBC: In the United Kingdom, many young adults are not saving enough for retirement.  Young women in particular are struggling with debt, and not able to start saving until much too late.


  • 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 23, 2010

    NPR: "Women right's advocates have made some strides in recent decades. But most of the world's poorest are female, fewer girls than boys attend school and women are still vastly underrepresented in leadership positions. Former Ireland...


  • September 22, 2010

    Salon: A new report from the Center for Reproductive Rights details the Hyde Amendment's impact on poor women, demonstrating that restrictions against federal coverage of abortion disproportionately low-income women. [Link to full report and a video...