Economic Development & Security

Women are active players driving the economy, nationally and globally. They are important breadwinners for their families, grow most of the world’s food and are entering the formal and informal sectors of the labor market in increasing numbers. Despite their enormous contributions, women are still largely absent from leadership positions and their voices and perspectives are often missing from economic policymaking at the local, regional, national and international levels. To promote their wellbeing, women need access to adequate income and quality education to support themselves and their families. Women still earn less than men and make up a disproportionate number of the poor, both nationally and globally. In the United States, women’s wellbeing and advancement depend on their access to basic services, opportunities and safety nets, such as paid sick leave, affordable child care and elder care, advanced education, health care and adequate housing. Explore the resources listed below, including Related Categories links, or use the Keyword Search for more information.

2013 Annual Afternoon Forum: Leading to Economic Security

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03/05/2013

Hosted by: NYU Wagner

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
    
The Kimmel Center
Room 802 (The Shorin Studio)
New York University
60 Washington Square South
New York, NY  10012

Thank you for your interest in our 2013 Making A Difference for Women Awards Afternoon Forum. This event is filled to capacity and registration is now closed. If you would like to be contacted about NCRW events in the future, please email ncrw@regender.org.

Reinvesting in Women and Families: Developing an Economy for the Future

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Since Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in February 2009, pledging $787 billion to repair and reinvigorate the U.S. economy, the Council has been monitoring where this funding is going and who it is (or is not) reaching. Click here to get the latest recommendations on economic security, education, health care, and social supports for women and families.

 

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Why the Farm Bill Needs a Gender Lens

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, which is provided mainly through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Not since 1973 has Congress separated subsidies to farmers from individuals in need of food security.  At a moment when Congress is seeking substantial changes to SNAP, it is important to ask: Who exactly is affected by changes?


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Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success

Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success

Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success (2013) explores an underappreciated part of our higher education system. The report looks at the role of community colleges in women’s education, including challenges women face in completing a certificate or degree, or in transferring to a four-year institution. The particular concerns and needs of student mothers’ and barriers women face in pursuing STEM and nontraditional fields are examined in detail. The report includes recommendations that will strengthen community colleges for all students.

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Higher education is essential to the productivity and innovation of the U.S. workforce, and ongoing economic challenges have only underscored this imperative. In 2009, President Barack Obama launched the American Graduation Initiative, a plan to dramatically increase the number of U.S. college graduates by targeting an o8en overlooked part of our national higher education system: community colleges.

Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success

Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success (2013) explores an underappreciated part of our higher education system. The report looks at the role of community colleges in women’s education, including challenges women face in completing a certificate or degree, or in transferring to a four-year institution. The particular concerns and needs of student mothers’ and barriers women face in pursuing STEM and nontraditional fields are examined in detail. The report includes recommendations that will strengthen community colleges for all students.

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http://www.aauw.org/resource/women-in-community-colleges/

Beware Those Who Blame Gender Pay Gap On Women's Choices

See:  Beware Those Who Blame Gender Pay Gap On Women's Choices

FromCenter for Gender Studies at Radford University

Author: Hilary Lips

Date Published: April 12, 2011

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It would be wonderful to be able to report that the gender pay gap is disappearing. The data does not support this conclusion, though.

Beware Those Who Blame Gender Pay Gap On Women's Choices

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/womensmedia/2011/04/12/beware-those-who-blame-womens-choices-for-gender-pay-gap/
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Confronting Contradictions: Exploring the Tensions of Women as Breadwinners

See: Confronting Contradictions: Exploring the Tensions of Women as Breadwinners

FromCenter for Gender in Organizations at Simmons School of Management

Date Published: March 2013

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Over the past decade, U.S. women have increasingly taken up the “breadwinner” role in their homes. This shift hasbeen well documented across different groups of women.Today close to 40% of women with children, includingsingle working mothers, are either the sole breadwinner orbring home as much or more than their workingspouse/partner.

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