Poverty

Women are more likely to be poor than men, both in the United States and across the globe. Female-headed households are more liable to live in poverty. Families headed by single women in the US are more than twice as likely as other families to be poor. The poverty divide is even more dramatic for people of color: in the US, African-American (26.5 percent) and Latina women (23.6 percent) register much higher poverty rates than white women (11.6 percent). Evidence-based, research-driven policies and programs that recognize the diverse realities of poverty and attack its root causes are critical for producing change.

ARRA: Extending the Unemployment Insurance Safety Net to Victims of Domestic Violence (2009)

In response to ARRA many states changed their laws to expand access to unemployment insurance benefits to victims of domestic violence. Unfortunately, over 15 states have yet to take the opportunity to extend eligibility (in the ARRA or other contexts), thus denying many victims, already in precarious situations, an important source of financial stability as they try to
escape the violence in their lives.

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http://www.legalmomentum.org/assets/pdfs/arra-extending-unemployment.pdf

Southern Strategy Study

Ms. Foundation work in US South. Study for W.K. Kellogg Foundation Women's Philanthropy and Poverty Cluster.

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Global Employment Trends for Women

This report looks at the gender impacts of the financial crisis and slowdown in world economic growth. The report reconfirms that gender inequality remians an issue within labor markets globally. The report starts with an analysis of recent labor market developed economies, follows with a projection of labor market indicators for 2008 and 2009, and finishes by highlighting several policy considerations.
 

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http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---dgreports/---dcomm/documents/publication/wcms_103456.pdf

New Report Shows Safety Net Failing America’s Women, Workers and Families

Leading poverty experts propose bold plan to rescue families and repair nation’s emergency measures

Washington, DC (December 7, 2009) -Eleven of the nation’s leading experts on poverty have proposed a $400 billion emergency relief plan to create and save jobs for millions of Americans while also offering adequate resources to vital safety net programs. The national study, Battered by the Storm: How Safety Net is Failing Americans and How to Fix It, concludes that the economic crisis is still on the rise for millions of Americans, while at the same time the social safety net is failing to support many of them. It offers one of the boldest, most comprehensive plans to combat poverty and unemployment — beginning now.

NCRW Policy Brief: Immigration

In recent years, immigration has figured prominently in national politics and has become a cause of concern for communities and cities across the United States. While much attention has been focused on pathways to citizenship, the cost of unauthorized migration to states and cities, and how to secure national borders, very little attention has been paid to the plight of women immigrants and the additional challenges they encounter because of their gender, including their additional responsibilities as mothers and caregivers.

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NCRW Fact Sheet: Women and Immigrant Rights

Unlike immigrant men, immigrant women are often caught in a double bind and suffer abuse and violence both crossing the borders and on the job. They also tend to receive inadequate and low wages, have higher family caretaking demands and reproductive health care needs.

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NCRW Policy Brief: Health

A majority of U.S. citizens has identified access to affordable health care as a priority. Women and girls have additional needs that require urgent attention, such as health disparities and inequalities in disease research and access to services. Women also need portable health care plans since they are more likely to work part-time or interrupt their jobs or career paths to care for children or family members. There is also a need for reproductive health care coverage as well as comprehensive, age-appropriate sex education in public schools.

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NCRW Fact Sheet: Health Insurance, Women and Families--Imperative for a Well Nation

Access to affordable health care for all U.S. citizens needs to become a national priority. Making quality health insurance more widely available would have critical, positive impact on the well-being of women and their families.

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NCRW Policy Brief: Economic Security

To overcome economic hardship, women need opportunities to learn new skills and earn fair wages in order to support themselves and their families and lead healthy and productive lives. Women’s advancement and well-being also depend on access to basic services and safety nets, such as paid sick leave, affordable child care and elder care, portable health care, adequate housing and secure retirements, including social security.

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Equality for Women: Where do We Stand?

The results towards gender equality are mixed at the halfway point of completion of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the new report by the World Bank and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) says. Women’s health and education have improved substantially in most countries, but progress is lagging on improving their economic opportunities, and investments of some US$13 billion a year are needed to achieve the overall goal of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
 

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http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTGENDER/Resources/4pagerEqualityforWomen.pdf
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