Employment & Unemployment

Women continue to lag behind men in earnings and wages. The underlying reasons for these continuing disparities are cultural, social and economic. While unemployment rates for women have declined less for women than for men during the recent economic downturn, women are still apt to have lower-paying jobs, with fewer benefits, and more part-time and interrupted careers. As the jobless rate for men rises, women are increasingly becoming primary breadwinners for their families, often without increased access to child care, elder care and help with domestic chores and other key supports.

Investing in Child Care Pays Large Dividends in Economic Growth

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 presented our latest studies on increasing the access of low-income women to child care.

The panel was led by Jessica Sager, Co-Founder and Executive Director of All Our Kin, an innovative Connecticut-based program that has had significant success in training child care providers and increasing the economic security of low-income women.

To many of us, investing in child care is a no-brainer, but rigorous data from the Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis showed that for every dollar invested in child care, the state of Connecticut earned $15-20 in economic benefits. In other words, child care not only pays for itself, but has a significant multiplier effect on the economy and on our society.


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Insights 31: "Using Corporate Social Responsibility to Motivate and Retain Female Employees"

 There is no doubt that the ability to attract, motivate, and retain a talented pool of employees is crucial to any company’s success. Representing about 50% of the total U.S. labor force, female employees are an important force driving not only firm performancebut also our national economy. Interestingly, findings from marketplace polls and academic research suggest that women place more importance on the role business needs to play in society when selecting their employers, and that women seek power and leadership in the workplace not so much for personal gains, but to make a difference and make the world a better place. Given the fact that corporate social responsibility (CSR) occupies a prominent place on the global corporate agenda in today’s socially conscious climate, we collaborated with Hewlett Packard to explore the effect of CSR on retaining and motivating female employees.

URL: 
http://www.simmons.edu/som/docs/insights_31_FINAL.pdf

Equal Job Growth for Women and Men in Last Quarter of 2011: Women Continue to Leave the Labor Force

 According to IWPR analysis of the January employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth was moderate in December with 200,000 jobs added to nonfarm payrolls.

by Institute for Women's Policy Research (January 2012)

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http://www.iwpr.org/publications/pubs/equal-job-growth-for-women-and-men-in-last-quarter-of-2011-women-continue-to-leave-the-labor-force-according
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