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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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 Lily Rossow-GreenbergBy now we’ve all seen this video of a police officer giving a homeless man a pair of boots, however, we need to take a...

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  • 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....


  • April 15, 2010

    A NEW fund dedicated solely to women’s causes was launched yesterday in Dublin by President Mary McAleese.

    The Women’s Fund for Ireland aims to address problems facing women and girls in Ireland including poverty, violence and...


  • March 9, 2010

    The negative fallout from climate change is having a devastatingly lopsided impact on women compared to men, from higher death rates during natural disasters to heavier household and care burdens.


  • February 25, 2010

    We must make sure that all economic recovery efforts move us to an economy that addresses our nation’s long-standing imbalances and disparities.


  • February 18, 2010

    Eviction is a particular burden on low-income black women, often single mothers, who are vulnerable to losing their homes because their wages or public benefits have not kept up with the cost of housing.