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.

FAST FACT: Unemployment Insurance Boosts GDP

According to a multi-year Department of Labor study released this morning, unemployment insurance has had a positive impact on economic activity during this latest recession.  One key finding: For every dollar spent on unemployment insurance, economic activitity increased by two dollars.  You can read the news release here or the full report here.


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Congress Must Keep Parents Earning, Children Learning

Just in from the National Women's Law Center:


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NCRW Summit Social Supports and Safety Nets Policy Brief (2010)

Participants in the breakout session on social supports and safety nets focused their attention on issues related to childcare, housing, transportation, paid leave, welfare, food stamps, unemployment insurance, and other programs aimed at supporting low-income women and their families.

Update on Child Care Funding in California

Hopefully you all have been following the child care funding situation in California. If you haven't, please take a moment to read Mary Ignatius' recent post, reporting on the devastating impact of the Governor's line-item veto.  Last week, Mary, who is the Statewide Organizer for Parent Voices, reached out to us with some promising news. Here's what she had to say:


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ELECTION 2010: Paid Sick Days & Health Insurance Needed in the Restaurant Industry

By Saru Jayaraman and Fekkak Mamdouh*

With 10 million workers, the restaurant industry is one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing employers – and one of the largest employers of women of color - even during the current economic crisis. Founded initially after 9/11 to support restaurant workers displaced from the World Trade Center, the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) has grown into a national restaurant workers’ organization with 6000 members in seven states. ROC supports restaurant workers through organizing, policy and research work, and partnerships with responsible employers to promote the ‘high road’ to profitability.


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ELECTION 2010: Governor Schwarzenegger's Legacy--Successful “welfare to work” program to ineffective “work to welfare program”

By Mary Ignatius*

The lives of low-income working mothers and children are hanging in the balance with California Governor’s economically irresponsible and morally reprehensible line-item veto to eliminate the Stage 3 child care program.  Despite having a bi-partisan “hand shake deal” that would have protected child care subsidies, the Governor shocked the legislature by claiming the cuts were necessary to bolster up a “rainy day fund.”


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ELECTION 2010: Economic Justice for Women is Integral to Economic Justice for All

By Kate Kahan*

Women’s economic security is critically important to the economic growth of our country. Women play a vital role in America’s changing workforce and improving their lives will benefit everyone.


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