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 Rylee Sommers-Flanagan*This post originally appeared on the Health Justice Blog associated with the Health Justice Division of the New York...
By Rylee Sommers-Flanagan*Earlier this week, my fellow intern, Courtney Fiske, reported on the findings released last month by the Institute on...
March 8, 2010 posted by Shyama Venkateswar Today as we celebrate International Women’s Day all over the world, let us take a moment to reflect...

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  • January 13, 2012

     Hillary Clinton is well known for her statement that "women's rights are human rights." So it would seem that the last place she would expect resistance to her foreign policy agenda would be from women's rights organizations.


  • January 12, 2012

     About two-thirds of Americans now believe there are “strong conflicts” between rich and poor in the United States, a survey by the Pew Research Center found, a sign that the message of income inequality brandished by the Occupy Wall...


  • January 10, 2012

     Connecticut workers ushered in 2012 with a new law that requires most employers in the state to provide workers with paid sick leave.


  • December 23, 2011

    Women retail workers earn an average of $9.77 an hour, compared to the $10.64 an hour earned by men, according to a new survey of 435 retail workers in the New York City area conducted by the Retail Action Project and the Murphy Institute. One dollar...


  • December 20, 2011

     With states under pressure to cut their budgets and federal stimulus money gone, low-income working parents are facing a paradox. Just when they have to work longer hours to make ends meet, they are losing access to the thing they need most...