Economy
REPORT: Working Single Mothers Are Disproportionately Likely to Live in Poverty

REPORT: Working Single Mothers Are Disproportionately Likely to Live in Poverty

The Working Poor Families Project's policy brief "Low-Income Working Mothers and State Policy: Investing for a Better Future" [PDF] found that out of 7.1 million families headed by women, 4.1 million lived in poverty, encompassing 8.5 million children.
Senate Cuts Food Stamps For 850,000 Households

Senate Cuts Food Stamps For 850,000 Households

850,000 households across the country - encompassing 1.7 million people - are now set to lose around $90 a month in food stamp benefits because of the US Senate vote last night on the 2014 Farm Bill.
Minnesota Lawmakers Introduce Women's Economic Security Act

Minnesota Lawmakers Introduce Women’s Economic Security Act

Last week, Minnesota lawmakers introduced an expansive legislative package -- dubbed the “Women’s Economic Security Act of 2014" -- to address a wide range of issues affecting women working outside of the home, including mandated paid sick leave, increased minimum wage and expanded access to childcare.
Senate Democratic Women Speak Out In Support of Raising the Minimum Wage

Senate Democratic Women Speak Out In Support of Raising the Minimum Wage

“Full time work should not be rewarded with full time poverty. Hardworking men and women who are busting their tails in full-time jobs should have a chance to support themselves and their families and build a little economic security. It is time for Congress to act and raise the minimum wage."
Shriver Report: Close Wage Gap, Provide Paid Leave to Improve Women's Financial Security

Shriver Report: Close Wage Gap, Provide Paid Leave to Improve Women’s Financial Security

Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress released a joint report yesterday detailing the status of American women living in poverty, suggesting policies that would help millions of women become financially secure, and calling on the United States to "modernize its relationship with women in order not only to strengthen our economy, but also...
Janet Yellen Closer to Becoming Fed Chief

Janet Yellen Closer to Becoming Fed Chief

The Senate Banking Committee voted 14-8 to approve the nomination of Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve.
Number of Homeless Students in U.S. Has Increased, Hit Record

Number of Homeless Students in U.S. Has Increased, Hit Record

Over 1.1 million students enrolled in preschool or K-12 during the 2011-12 school year were homeless, comprising two percent of all public school students.
Families, the Wage Gap, and the Economy

Families, the Wage Gap, and the Economy

More women as the primary breadwinners? More men staying at home and taking care of the kids? This may sound like a prime step to gender equality and the eradication of gender roles, but unfortunately the reality is not as cheerful. Women may be replacing men as primary breadwinners in many families, but women still...
HERvotes Takes On the Jobs Crisis

HERvotes Takes On the Jobs Crisis

This post originally appeared on the Ms. Blog Our first #HERvotes blog carnival was so successful, we’re doing it again! On August 25-26, to mark the anniversaries of the passage of the 19th amendment and the March on Washington, Ms. joined with 21 women’s organizations to collectively publish 77 blog posts with a single harmonious...
New Kansas Regulations May Wipe Abortion Providers Off the Map

New Kansas Regulations May Wipe Abortion Providers Off the Map

Will Kansas become the first state in the nation without an abortion provider? The once-unthinkable could happen by Friday when a host of new state regulations takes effect.  These detailed rules govern everything from the minimum size of the janitors’ closets to which drugs sit on the stockroom shelves. Clearly, these are the kinds of...
Living Within Our Means: Obama Addresses Students at NOVA

Living Within Our Means: Obama Addresses Students at NOVA

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” President Barack Obama began in a speech addressed to students at Northern Virginia Community College on Tuesday. In a town hall format in the school’s gymnasium, the President spoke about what’s been on everyone’s minds: the current state of the economy and the resulting budget cuts. Relating...
President's 2012 Budget - a Striking Contrast to Republicans for Women's Programs

President’s 2012 Budget – a Striking Contrast to Republicans for Women’s Programs

Today President Obama released his 2012 Budget, which poses a direct contrast to the massive cuts to programs that benefit women and girls proposed by House Republican in the Continuing Resolution (CR) for funding FY 2011. The proposed budget would decrease funding for the Department of Defense by $78 billion over the next five years,...
Republican House Leaders Launch New War on Women

Republican House Leaders Launch New War on Women

Republicans propose massive cuts in programs that benefit women as they propose increases in Defense spending of $8.1 billion. The House begins consideration of the Continuing Resolution (CR) for funding FY 2011 without which the government will shut down on March 4. Republicans would eliminate Title X domestic family planning programs with a massive cut...
Hard Times = Hard Choices

Hard Times = Hard Choices

A new report from the Guttmacher Institute gives useful empirical backing for what most people already know: Bad economic times like the present significantly affect individual’s and couple’s reproductive decisions. (In fact, the only people who don’t seem to grasp this intuitively are rightwing Republicans