Safety Nets

Women in the United States frequently lack basic services that are taken for granted in many other parts of the world. To be able to live in economic security, they require educational opportunities; paid sick leave; affordable, quality child care and elder care; as well as portable health care and adequate retirement benefits to protect them throughout their lives. While programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Food Stamps are available, they do not go far enough. More robust safety nets are needed to lift and keep women and their families out of poverty.

Changing Workplace Scheduling as an Anti-Poverty Strategy

By Melissa Stevenson

At the June 22nd brown bag lunch, “Changing Workplace Scheduling as an Anti-Poverty Strategy,” sponsored by Half in Ten and the Women of Color Policy Network at NYU Wagner, presenter Joan Williams discussed how erratic workplace scheduling policies prevent many low-income parents from maintaining regular employment. She believes that anti-poverty policies that focus entirely on workforce readiness may be misplaced; instead, the problem rests with the employers and companies who use outdated workplace scheduling practices that make it impossible for low-income workers to be both an ideal worker and a responsible parent.


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Supporting Families and Reducing Poverty

By Melissa Stevenson*


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Poverty and Sexuality: What are the connections?

Few studies and reports examine the relationship between poverty and the denial of sexual rights. However, an emerging literature by researchers, activists and organisations shows that in many cases, poor people are more vulnerable to abuses of sexual rights, and that such abuses can entrench poverty. Much of this literature is by Southern authors, and much consists of grey literature, organisational reports, and occasional considerations of the connections in pieces of writing for
which poverty sexuality interconnections are not the main focus. Nowhere is the evidence drawn together in systematic fashion. This paper brings this evidence together.

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http://www.globalequality.org/storage/documents/pdf/sida%20study%20of%20poverty%20and%20sexuality.pdf

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TANF Reauthorization and Reforming Welfare

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05/25/2011

Join us for our sixth webinar on pathways to greater economic security for women and their families. In presenting this webinar series, we aim to stimulate research ideas, identify areas for partnerships among researchers and members of the policy and advocacy community, and set an agenda towards greater social investments for low-income women and their families.

Featuring:
Sarita Gupta, Jobs with Justice
Diana Spatz, LIFETIME (Low-Income Families’ Empowerment through Education)
Shyama Venkateswar, National Council for Research on Women (moderator)
 

INTRODUCTION: ECONOMIC SECURITY SUMMIT POLICY BRIEFS

In keeping with a long-standing commitment to advancing women’s economic well-being, the Council has launched several initiatives aimed at strengthening the economic security of women of all ages, particularly women of color, and their dependents. In close collaboration with researchers, advocates, policymakers, and funders, these initiatives seek to identify solutions to move women and children from poverty to greater economic resiliency and autonomy.

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