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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  • August 30, 2010

    KPBS: The California legislature has unanimously voted fpr a bill that would restore the Every Woman Counts Program, which offers breast and cervical cancer screenings to more than 6000 low-income women a year.  It is unclear whethe Governor...


  • August 25, 2010

    USA Today: Alan Simpson, the Republican co-chairman of a bipartisan fiscal commision has landed in hot water over his sexist and offensive comments to the Older Women's League, where he descibed Social Security as a "milk cow with 310 million...


  • July 29, 2010

    Alternet: According to a new report released this week from the Women’s Media Center and Prudential Financial titled, “Financial...


  • July 18, 2010

    New York Times: According to a new report, maternal mortality is higher in New York than in almost any other state.  Women of color are the most affected, with black women seven times more likely to die in pregnancy than white women, and Hispanic...


  • June 3, 2010

    Salon: The New York state Senate has passed a bill that would require employers of domestic workers such as nannies and housekeepers to provide them with sick pay, vacation days, overtime and a two-week termination notice. This groundbreaking law is...