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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As part of its ongoing work on economic justice, the Ms. Foundation has recently posted two interesting pieces on our nation’s economic...
By Linda Basch* Today marks the one-year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). In its first year, ARRA has provided tax...
On Valentine's Day, Linda Basch, President of the National Council for Research on Women, wrote an op-ed calling for greater gender equity:This...
January 25, 2010 posted by Kyla Bender-Baird Ever since my sophomore year of college, when I took “Social, Class, and Power,” I’ve...

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  • December 13, 2011

    A new Canadian House of Commons committee report meant to address the crisis of violence against aboriginal women ignores the testimony of most of the women it consulted, NDP members say.


  • December 5, 2011

    While poor countries are jostling to ensure the lives of their people are protected in a deal on the changing climate being negotiated in Durban, various NGOs, agencies and research institutes are lobbying to get a word into the negotiating text. They...


  • November 27, 2011
    About 2.1 million Mexicans are employed as domestic workers, with women accounting for about 90 percent of such employees, and the majority lack employment contracts, are not registered in the ...

  • November 23, 2011
    Nearly half of all Americans lack economic security, meaning they live above the federal poverty threshold but still do not have enough money to cover housing, food, healthcare and other basic expenses, according to a survey of government and...

  • November 14, 2011

    Economist Nancy Folbre asks, "Do poor people represent the bottom 16 percent of the population or the bottom 15 percent? The answer matters more than you might think."