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National Council of Women’s Organizations Launches “Respect, Protect, Reject” Campaign

This post was originally featured on the Institute for Women's Policy Research Blog on July 19, 2011. 


By Heidi Reynolds-Stenson

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Economic Security Webinar: Reimagining Poverty

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Join us for our fifth webinar on pathways to greater economic security for women and their families. In presenting this webinar series, we aim to stimulate research ideas, identify areas for partnerships among researchers and members of the policy and advocacy community, and set an agenda towards greater social investments for low-income women and their families.


Melissa Boteach, Center for American Progress Action Fund
Emily Ryder, Single Stop USA
Shyama Venkateswar, National Council for Research on Women (moderator)

Swimming Upstream: Race, Place and the Problem of Persistent Poverty in America

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Nearly half of all children born into poverty will be persistently poor, meaning they will be poor for at least half of their childhoods. From birth, their socioeconomic status will determine, in part, the neighborhood in which they live, the food they eat, the education they receive and whether or not they will be poor as adults. Studies show that 20 percent of children born into poverty will spend a significant amoung of their early adulthood in poverty as well. As adults, the persistently poor receive less than 65 percent of their total income as wages, accumulate fewer assets and rely heavily on social safety nets to make end meet. As the economy continues to shift toward high-skilled labor and cuts to social programs increase, there is a greater need to better understand the problems and challenges of overcoming persistent poverty in America.

Dr. Chang Talks Up Women and Wealth Building

Last week in her Washington Post column, "The Color of Money," Michelle Singletary recommended Dr. Mariko's book Shortchanged: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done About It.  Dr. Chang recently shared her findings and insights during our webinar, "Women and Economic Recovery: A Path Forward." As Chang discussed, women often do not have access to factors that contribute to wealth, such as fringe benefits. Women are overrepresented in part-time and low-wage jobs that do not offer fringe benefits such as health insurance and sick leave.

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The Intersection of Race, Gender and Wealth: Why Disparities Matter

On March 8, 2010 NCRW Director of Research and Programs, Shyama Venkatewar, was invited to speak at a special policy discussion in honor of International Women's Day.  Hosted by The Insight Center for Community Economic Development, the Institute for Women's Policy Research, the National Council of Negro Women, the Women of Color Policy Network at NYU, and the National Council for Research on Women, the day focused on Economic Security for Women--how wealth building for women of color is a strategy for long-term economic recovery.  Dr.

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