Immigration & Migration

Worldwide, there are more than 190 million migrants living outside their countries of origin, nearly half of them women. Women may migrate out of choice but they are usually driven by necessity: poverty, conflict, domestic violence, natural disaster or oppressive political or cultural conditions. In North America, immigrant women have outnumbered immigrant men since 1930, yet their progress in education, income and status has lagged and policymakers have often overlooked their unique challenges and contributions. For instance, although they occupy lower-wage jobs, immigrant women send a much higher proportion of their earnings to their home countries than do immigrant men. Compared to non-immigrant women, immigrant women face higher rates of unemployment and are much more likely to live in poverty and suffer abuse or discrimination.

ELECTION 2010: Looking Past the Election to the Work that Lies Ahead

By Linda Basch and Shyama Venkateswar

November 2nd. Election Day 2010.  It’s days away and many are calling this the most unpredictable election they can remember.  Will this election be a game changer?  Will there be a new majority in Congress?  And will those teapartiers have an impact on voting behavior?  


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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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The Intersection of Race, Gender and Wealth: Why Disparities Matter

On March 8, 2010 NCRW Director of Research and Programs, Shyama Venkatewar, was invited to speak at a special policy discussion in honor of International Women's Day.  Hosted by The Insight Center for Community Economic Development, the Institute for Women's Policy Research, the National Council of Negro Women, the Women of Color Policy Network at NYU, and the National Council for Research on Women, the day focused on Economic Security for Women--how wealth building for women of color is a strategy for long-term economic recovery.  Dr.

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