Economic Development & Security

Women in the United States frequently lack basic services that are taken for granted in many other parts of the world. To be able to live in economic security, they require educational opportunities; paid sick leave; affordable, quality child care and elder care; as well as portable health care and adequate retirement benefits to protect them throughout their lives. While programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Food Stamps are available, they do not go far enough. More robust safety nets are needed to lift and keep women and their families out of poverty.

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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,...
A recent New York Times editorial states that under the Obama administration the homeless population has remained steady. The American Recovery and...
By Shyama Venkateswar, Ph.D.*I joined a distinguished panel of researchers, advocates, and experts at the Yale Club on Thursday, January 19th when I...

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  • 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 17, 2010

    Telegraph: Women in the UK are falling behind men in both retirement and investments.  While women can be less risky investors and tend to patiently wait out market ups and downs, which leads to profit, the traditional financial business models...


  • September 12, 2010

    Wall Street Journal:  A new survey by financial-services company MassMutual found that women's retirement accounts were, on...


  • September 5, 2010

    Time: The devastating floods in Pakistan have driven many families out of their homes, which has caused discomfort among the many men and women in rural areas, who practice purdah, the physical separation of women from men they are not related to....


  • September 2, 2010

    WeNews: As the new health reform laws begin to take effect, advocates are reaching out to uninsured women who may not be aware that they can qualify for one of the new insurance pools. However, for many low-income women, the insurance is still too...