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.

NCRW Economic Recovery and Stimulus Project

The National Council for Research on Women Project on the Economic Recovery Act

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


In the midst of the current economic crisis—which is exacerbating previously existing disparities and inequalities in the United States—the Economic Reinvestment and Recovery Act [ARRA] offers an opportune moment to raise up public investment for all citizens and to make inroads in gender equality. Building on the Council’s commitment to initiatives that advance women’s economic well-being, this project aims to gain a better understanding of the impact of the Act on women and their families. Additionally, the project will identify the inequities in the Recovery Act’s allocation of resources and recommend ways to address any resulting disparities.

IN THE NEWS: Women's Roles in a Changing Economy

Posted November 13, 2009 by Vivienne Heston-Demirel

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Reinvesting in Women and Families: Developing an Economy for the Future (Summit October 2010)

Economic Security Summit
October 8, 2010

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Women of Color Policy Network

The Women of Color Policy Network of the Roundtable of Institutions of People of Color was established in 2000 to incorporate the needs, narratives and insights of women of color in the formulation of social, economic and welfare policy.

The Women of Color Policy Network conducts research and collects data on policies impacting women of color in the areas of employment, poverty, welfare, incarceration and health; uses the data and information to help educate community-based groups to hold policy-makers more accountable; works with policy-makers to help provide them with data to improve their decision-making; and mentors future generations of young women of color to enter the public policy and advocacy arena.


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C. Nicole Mason, Ph.D., Executive Director and Research Assistant Professor, Wagner, NYU
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Carly Highsmith, Assistant Research Scientist-Programs
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Diana Salas, Research Fellow
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The Network conducts  original research  and collects data  on women and communities of color. Research generated at the Network is  used to help create informed public policies  at the local,state, and national levels. We also analyze  public policies  to determine the impact they will have  on individuals, families, and communities. Our research and  policy priority areas include economic securityhealth disparitiesleadership and human rights.The goal of our research  and policy analysis is to increase access and relieve  disparities for women and communities of color.

In addition  to research and policy analysis, throughout the year, the Network hosts convenings,symposiums, lectures, and other events with many of the  nation's leading scholars, practitioners, and thought leaders. Our aim is to deepen public understanding  of complex public policy issues through dialogue and a thorough examination of all sides of the issues.
Lead the Way: Building the Pipeline of Women of Color Leaders in the Non-Profit Sector

Lead the Way is a unique capacity building and leadership initiative for women of color mid-level managers and emerging Executive Directors working in non-profit and community-based organizations.


Reports & Resources

Women of Color Policy Network. 2009. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and its impact on Women of Color, their families and communities.

Mason, C. Nicole, and Diana Salas. 2009. Making Ends Meet: Women and Poverty in New York City.


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Institute for Women & Work

The Institute for Women & Work is an applied research and educational resource center, which provides a forum for examining and evaluating the forces that affect women and work. The institute offers opportunities for women in New York State and nationally to develop skills, create linkages, explore concerns, build support systems, obtain technical assistance, and exchange ideas. With offices in New York City and Ithaca, and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C., the IWW is positioned to influence public policy, offer expert training, host seminars, and create connections among workers, advocates, employers, students, academics, and others who share a concern about women's role in the workplace.





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Trade Liberalization, Women’s Reprodutive Health: Linkages and Pathways, 2009


NWLC Issue Brief: “Women and Health Coverage: The Affordability Gap”

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Fact Sheet: “A Call to Action, A Pay Equity Resource Guide.” Kacie Kelly, June 2008


Brief: “Pay Equity Resource Kit,” an informative document on the policy implications of pay equity.


Issue Brief: "Strengthening Income and Work Supports"

Included in "A Platform for Progress: Building a Better Future for Women and Their Families/Building Economic Security" A policy summary on Earned Income Tax Credit and reform of welfare policies and administration.

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