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.

Women and Work: Feminists in Solidarity with Domestic Workers

Documentary featuring women leaders from across the United States who are raising their voices in support of efforts geared towards doemstic workers in the United States. Participants include: Carol Jenkins, Maria Hinojosa, Liz Azbug, Nicole Mason, Amy Richards, Barbara Smith, Gloria Steinem, Yolanda Wu, Jennifer Baumgardner, and the Guerrilla Girls.

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


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


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.


Issue Brief: “Ensuring Access to High-Quality, Affordable Child Care”

Issue Brief: "Ensuring Access to High-Quality, Affordable Child Care"
Included in "A Platform for Progress: Building a Better Future for Women and Their Families and Building Economic Security."

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