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.

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."

URL: 
http://www.nwlc.org/details.cfm?id=3318&section=infocenter
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Paper: “Childcare options in South Korea: experiences and perceptions of female college faculty.”

Paper: "Childcare options in South Korea: experiences and perceptions of female college faculty." This paper examines how societal and workplace cultures prevent people from using childcare options available to them and suggests new initiatives in childcare policies to create a more family-friendly work environment. The paper is soon to be published in the Journal about Women in Higher Education.

URL: 
http://bis.wist.re.kr/english

Report: “Women and Paid Sick Days: Crucial for Family Well-Being” Vicky Lovell 2007

URL: 
http://www.iwpr.org/pdf/B254_paidsickdaysFS.pdf

IWPR Fact Sheet: "Maternity Leave in the United States: Paid Parental Leave is Still Not Standard, Even Among the Best U.S. Employers,"

IWPR Fact Sheet: "Maternity Leave in the United States: Paid Parental Leave is Still Not Standard, Even Among the Best U.S. Employers," Vicky Lovell, Elizabeth O'Neill, and Skylar Olsen, 2007.

URL: 
http://www.iwpr.org/pdf/parentalleaveA131.pdf

Parents as Child Care Providers: A Menu of Parental Leave Models, May 2009

URL: 
http://www.iwpr.org/pdf/A136Models.pdf

Institute for Women’s Policy Research

IWPR calculated the cost of providing paid sick time based on the provisions of the new proposed New York City Paid Sick Days law. The findings and details of the methodology used will be released in a forthcoming IWPR publication that will be made available on the IWPR website. September, 2009

Report: “Climbing the Ladder: How to Invest in New Jersey’s Working Families,”

Produced with partner organization, NJ Policy Perspective as part of The Working Poor Families Project (WPFP), a national initiative aimed at assessing state policies and programs designed to help low-income working families achieve economic security.

URL: 
http://www.cww.rutgers.edu/News_Articles/rpt_ladder%5b1%5d.pdf

Report: “Women Hard Hit by the Worsening Economy Need Targeted Assistance” July 2008

URL: 
http://www.nwlc.org/pdf/WomenEconomicRecoveryJuly2008.pdf
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IWPR Fact Sheet: “The Gender Wage Gap: 2007” (n.a.) 2008.

URL: 
http://www.iwpr.org/pdf/C350.pdf
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