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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January 25, 2010 posted by Linda BaschOver a week has passed since the earthquake in Haiti shook the world. Our hearts go out to the people of Haiti...
January 15, 2010 posted by Linda BaschAs reports filter in from Haiti in the aftermath of Wednesday's catastrophic earthquake, it is difficult to...
January 12, 2010 posted by Kyla Bender-Baird
December 9, 2009 posted by Kyla Bender-BairdThe DC Women's Agenda, a program of Wider Opportunities for Women, recently released a gender analysis of...
April 17, 2009 posted by Shyama Venkateswar The Gender Policy Group at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs...

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  • November 10, 2011

    In a speech tailored to the largely female audience of the National Women's Law Center, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that congressional Republicans are more interested in dividing the country than in strengthening the economy and...


  • November 8, 2011
    The tax proposals released by the leading GOP candidates — Cain, Perry and Romney — disproportionately affect women in the way they raise taxes on lower- and middle-income Americans, eliminate poverty aids and cut child-insurance...

  • November 8, 2011

    The United States doubles as one of the best places in the world for career women looking to excel in male-dominated jobs, but one of the more difficult industrialized countries for working mothers.


  • November 2, 2011

    Women face hardship more than men as cash-strapped states cut social-welfare programs to balance lower revenue and higher costs for pensions and health care. Women make up about 54 percent of the poor, according to U.S. Census Bureau data, and thus...


  • October 20, 2011

    Low-income moms who move from very poor neighborhoods to less disadvantaged ones lower their risk of becoming extremely obese and developing type 2 diabetes, a study reveals.