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.

The Impact of Welfare Reform in a Nutshell

In 1996 the federal government enacted “welfare reform” legislation eliminating “welfare as we know it” by replacing Aid to Families with Dependent Children or “AFDC” with Temporary Assistance to Needy Families or “TANF” as the national welfare program for families with children. Since its inception in 1996 to the present, TANF has continuously shrunk the share of poor families aided by the program. Benefit amounts, already quite meager even prior to welfare reform, have fallen further below the official poverty level. Read the report in the link below.

 

URL: 
http://www.legalmomentum.org/our-work/women-and-poverty/resources--publications/the-impact-of-welfare-reform.html
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Importance of Social Security by Gender, Race/Ethnicity, and Marital Status, 2010

Bar graph: Persons Aged 65 and Older in Beneficiary Families Relying on Social Security for 90 Percent or More of Their Income

 

URL: 
http://www.iwpr.org/publications/pubs/importance-of-social-security-by-gender-race-ethnicity-and-marital-status-2010

Monthly State Update: Major Developments in 2012

This monthly update provides information on legislation, as well as relevant executive branch actions and judicial decisions in states across the country. For each of the topics, the number of states in which legislation has been introduced is given, as are the names of the states in which subsequent action has been taken. Detailed summaries are provided for legislation that has been passed by at least one house of a legislature and for major court decisions; actions for the current month are in bold.

Abortion
Adolescents
Contraception & Prevention
Pregnancy & Birth
Refusal Clauses
Reproductive Health and Environmental Hazards

URL: 
http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/updates/index.html

Doing Without: Economic Insecurity and Older Americans

 A new analysis of US Census Bureau data performed by Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) finds that 52% of elder-only
households report incomes that do not cover basic, daily expenses. While the threat of economic insecurity affects elders of all backgrounds, it varies substantially by gender, race, age, household composition and other demographic characteristics. In order to assess the economic security of today's older adults, WOW compared 2010 incomes for elders who live alone or with a partner to the US Elder Economic Security Standard™ Index for their household compositions and housing statuses. The Doing Without series presents findings from this analysis.

URL: 
http://www.wowonline.org/documents/OlderAmericansGenderbriefFINAL.pdf

AGENDA Annual Conference 2012 external rev March 30

AGENDA: NCRW Annual Conference 2012 - Agenda-Setting Nationally and Globally: Leveraging Women's Voices

Indigenous Women's Dialogue - Roundtable Report on the Accessibility of Plan B as an Over The Counter (OTC) Within Indian Health Service - February 2012

In most of the United States, a woman 17 years or older who needs Plan B, an emergency contraceptive that can prevent pregnancy up to 72 hours after intercourse, can walk up to a pharmacy counter and request it without a prescription.

 
But for Native American women served by the Indian Health Service, obtaining Plan B might require a drive of hundreds of miles, a wait beyond the pill's window of effectiveness, and a price beyond what the IHS would charge.
 
URL: 
http://www.nativeshop.org/images/stories/media/pdfs/Plan-B-Report.pdf
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