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.

Anti-Union Efforts and Wisconsin's Women Workers

By Kate Meyer*


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Early Childhood Funding at Risk

Yesterday, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) convened a call with the National Women's Law Center, National Association for the Education of Young Children, and First Five Years Fund.  The purpose of the call was to raise awareness about the current precarious position of early childhood funding. 


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Last Chance! Modernizing Unemployment Insurance

By Libby Parker*

On February 11th, The National Employment Law Project (NELP) hosted a webinar on Taking Advantage of the Last Chance to Modernize Unemployment Insurance with Recovery Act Incentive Funds. Speakers included Gay Gilbert, the Administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Unemployment Insurance; Senator John L. Scott of South Carolina, whose state adopted the modernization reforms last year; and NELP Unemployment Insurance (UI) experts, George Wentworth and Maurice Emsellem. With the August 2011 cut off for Recovery Act incentive funds quickly approaching, all the speakers emphasized the need for the remaining 18 states not currently qualified for such funding to modernize their unemployment insurance systems.


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Expert Profile

Location: 
United States
40° 42' 27.5004" N, 74° 0' 28.4796" W

Rinku Sen is the President and Executive Director of the Applied Research Center (ARC) and Publisher of ColorLines magazine.

A leading figure in the racial justice movement for the last twenty years, Rinku has positioned ARC as the national home for media, research and activism. She has extensive practical experience on the ground, with expertise in race, feminism, immigration, economic justice, philanthropy and community organizing. Over the course of her career, Rinku has woven together journalism and organizing to further social change.

Rinku is the Vice Chair of the Schott Foundation for Public Education and a Boardmember of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity. She is the Chair of the Media Consortium and sits on the boards for Restaurant Opportunities Center-United and Working America. Additionally, she is a Prime Movers fellow through the Hunt Alternatives Fund.

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New York, NY 10004
United States
40° 42' 27.5004" N, 74° 0' 28.4796" W

Are We Rolling Back Child Care with Budget Cuts?

By Kate Meyer*

The National Women’s Law Center hosted a call last week on What’s Next for Early Childhood in the 112th Congress with speakers Helen Blank of the National Women’s Law Center, Danielle Ewen of CLASP, Adele Robinson of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and Harriet Dichter of the First Five Years Fund. All of the presenters emphasized the importance of continuing to fund early childhood programs, especially childcare, Head Start, and Early Head Start, and were hopeful about the pending creation of the Early Learning Challenge Fund.


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Expert Profile

Location: 
United States
38° 54' 24.5736" N, 77° 2' 33.6012" W

Dr. Mary Gatta is currently a Senior Scholar, at Wider Opportunities for Women. Prior to that she served as a Director, Gender and Workforce Policy at the Center for Women and Work, and on the faculty in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at Rutgers University. She holds a PhD and M.A. in Sociology from Rutgers University and a B.A. in Social Science from Providence College. Her areas of expertise include gender and public policy, low wage workers, earnings inequality, and evaluation research on workforce projects.

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Washington, DC 20036
United States
38° 54' 24.5736" N, 77° 2' 33.6012" W

New Report! Leaves That Pay

This just in!  Eileen Applebaum from the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Ruth  Milkman have released findings from their latest report, Leaves that Pay: Employer and Worker Experiences with Paid Family Leave in California. In addition to new data and analysis on experiences with California's unique Paid Family Leave program, Applebaum and Milkman also offer a handy timeline of leave policymaking at the state and federal level as well as data on access to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). For instance, did you know that FMLA’s coverage is limited to only about half of all workers, and less than a fifth of all new mothers? 


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Leaves that Pay: Employer and Worker Experiences with Paid Family Leave in California

This report presents findings from surveys Eileen Applebaum and Ruth Milkman conducted in 2009 and 2010 of 253 employers and 500 individuals about their experiences with the California Paid Family Leave program and concludes with policy recommendations. The authors conclude that California’s Paid Family Leave program has “more than proven its worth," positvely impacting productivity and staff morale in addition to the economic, social, and health outcomes of workers and their families.  The biggest obstacle to full implementation is limited public awareness of the program.  To improve the impact of this path breaking program, Applebaum and Milkman recommend extending outreach, increasing the level of wage replacement, extend job protection to all users of the program, and extend the program to cover all California public employees. To read the report: click

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Expert Profile

Location: 
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40° 45' 21.9456" N, 73° 59' 38.2488" W

Radhika Balakrishnan, Executive Director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership, and Professor, Women's and Gender Studies, has a Ph.D. in Economics from Rutgers University. Previously, she was Professor of Economics and International Studies at Marymount Manhattan College. She has worked at the Ford Foundation as a program officer in the Asia Regional Program. She is currently the Chair of the Board of the US Human Rights Network and on the Board of the Center for Constitutional Rights. She is the author of Why MES with Human Rights: Integrating Macro Economic Strategies with Human Rights (Marymount Manhattan College, New York, 2005). She edited The Hidden Assembly Line: Gender Dynamics of Subcontracted Work in a Global Economy (Kumarian Press, 2001) and co-edited Good Sex: Feminist Perspectives from the World’s Religions, with Patricia Jung and Mary Hunt (Rutgers University Press, 2000).

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New York, NY 10018
United States
40° 45' 21.9456" N, 73° 59' 38.2488" W
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