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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According to a multi-year Department of Labor study released this morning, unemployment insurance has had a positive impact on economic activity...
Just in from the National Women's Law Center:
Hopefully you all have been following the child care funding situation in California. If you haven't, please take a moment to read Mary Ignatius...
By Saru Jayaraman and Fekkak Mamdouh*With 10 million workers, the restaurant industry is one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing...
By Mary Ignatius*The lives of low-income working mothers and children are hanging in the balance with California Governor’s economically...

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  • March 5, 2012

     The outcry over Rush Limbaugh calling birth control activist Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute,” seems to have worked. Several days after his attempt to slut-shame the Georgetown University law student, Limbaugh...


  • February 21, 2012

     Bundles of filthy string hang from bars on her only window. Sacks of clothes are piled high in the corner. Outside, in the alley below, untreated sewage and anonymous grey liquids seep through the stones. Incense sticks dry in the sun. Handmade...


  • February 17, 2012

     In December, there were more than 13 million unemployed workers and about four people looking for work for every available job. According to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), 5.5 million people have been unemployed for more than half a year,...


  • February 14, 2012

    Arianna Huffington deconstructs the media's shift from economics to social issues.


  • February 13, 2012

    The White House did a quick about-face on Friday after a firestorm of controversy over birth control regulations, publishing a requirement that insurance companies pick up the tab for women's contraceptives if religious employers object to paying for...