Caregiving

Compared to men, women spend a disproportionate amount of time attending to the needs of children and adults under their care.. Because of caregiving demands, more than half of employed women caregivers have made special workplace arrangements, such as arriving late, leaving early or working fewer hours. Women represent 61 percent of all caregivers and 75 percent of caregivers who report feeling very strained emotionally, physically or financially by such responsibilities. Minor-aged women and girls also shoulder caregiving duties, usually unrecognized and uncompensated. Affordable, accessible, quality child care and elder care, as well as greater delegation of responsibilities to spouses and partners, are required to offset the overwhelming care loads within families and communities.

Report: "The Work-Family Dilemma: A Better Balance: Policy Solutions for All New Yorkers."

Report: "The Work-Family Dilemma: A Better Balance: Policy Solutions for All New Yorkers." This report is on a summit that brought together leaders, experts, and stakeholders. From this summit emerged a consensus around the need for a comprehensive work-family policy advocacy agenda for New York City.

URL: 
http://www.barnard.edu/bcrw/newfeministsolutions/reports/NFS3-Work_Family_Dilemma.pdf
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Report: “Women, Work and the Academy: Strategies for Responding to ‘Post-Civil Rights Era’ Discrimination.”

Report: "Women, Work and the Academy: Strategies for Responding to ‘Post-Civil Rights Era' Discrimination." This report is based on the Virginia C. Gildersleeve Conference, organized so as to take stock of the extant research and interventions and to chart a course forward. The report highlights the effects of a diffuse set of barriers to women's participation.

URL: 
http://www.barnard.edu/bcrw/newfeministsolutions/reports/NFS2-Women_Work_and_the_Academy.pdf
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Issue Brief: “Ensuring Access to High-Quality, Affordable Child Care”

Issue Brief: "Ensuring Access to High-Quality, Affordable Child Care"
Included in "A Platform for Progress: Building a Better Future for Women and Their Families and Building Economic Security."

URL: 
http://www.nwlc.org/details.cfm?id=3318&section=infocenter
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Paper: “Childcare options in South Korea: experiences and perceptions of female college faculty.”

Paper: "Childcare options in South Korea: experiences and perceptions of female college faculty." This paper examines how societal and workplace cultures prevent people from using childcare options available to them and suggests new initiatives in childcare policies to create a more family-friendly work environment. The paper is soon to be published in the Journal about Women in Higher Education.

URL: 
http://bis.wist.re.kr/english

Report: “Women and Paid Sick Days: Crucial for Family Well-Being” Vicky Lovell 2007

URL: 
http://www.iwpr.org/pdf/B254_paidsickdaysFS.pdf

IWPR Fact Sheet: "Maternity Leave in the United States: Paid Parental Leave is Still Not Standard, Even Among the Best U.S. Employers,"

IWPR Fact Sheet: "Maternity Leave in the United States: Paid Parental Leave is Still Not Standard, Even Among the Best U.S. Employers," Vicky Lovell, Elizabeth O'Neill, and Skylar Olsen, 2007.

URL: 
http://www.iwpr.org/pdf/parentalleaveA131.pdf

Parents as Child Care Providers: A Menu of Parental Leave Models, May 2009

URL: 
http://www.iwpr.org/pdf/A136Models.pdf

Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER)

WISER is a nonprofit organization that works to help women, educators and policymakers understand the important issues surrounding women’s retirement income. WISER creates a variety of consumer publications including fact sheets, booklets and a quarterly newsletter that explain in easy-to-understand language the complex issues surrounding Social Security, divorce, pay equity, pensions, savings and investments, banking, home-ownership, long-term care and disability insurance. As part of our national education campaign, Your Future Paycheck®: What Women Need To Know, WISER has been able to reach thousands of women through workshops held across the nation. WISER has also been the driving force behind a series of state and local events aimed at leveling the playing field for women on long-term financial security.
 
WISER was founded in 1996 with a grant from the Heinz Family Philanthropies.

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Washington , DC 20036
Ph. (202) 393-5452
Fx. (202) 393-5890
http://www.wiserwomen.org
info@wiserwomen.org


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FAST FACT: Changing Things Up—Gender Dynamics at Work and at Home

April 3, 2009 posted by Kyla Bender-Baird The Families and Work Institute  recently released a fascinating report on the changing gender dynamics in the home and workplace.  What they found is quite exciting:


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