President’s Job Plan Benefits Women

Obama

The president’s job plan would have a positive impact on women’s jobs, woman-owned small businesses and small- to medium-sized non-profits. It also includes payroll tax savings for some 78 million employed women and an extension of unemployment insurance for those out of work, who include some 2.6 million unemployed women. Many of the proposals for […]

The Care Crisis

care worker

Job creation is the word of the day. In his speech on Thursday night, President Obama outlined his proposal to reinvigorate a stagnating economy. It included a mix of tax cuts, aid to small businesses, federal money for infrastructure projects and a commitment to the public sector. The goal, quite simply, is to put Americans […]

Stop the Cuts, Invest in Women; Our Futures Depend on It

Invest in Women

Women are the majority of Americans living at or below the poverty level. Deeper cuts in our federal safety net programs–Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Health Care and Family Planning–will drive those women deeper into poverty and push more women over the poverty line, along with their families. While news, this isn’t new. My friend Beverley […]

A Recession for White Americans, A Depression for Black and Latino Americans

2011-wealth-gaps-22

A new study from the Pew Research Center reports staggering gaps in median wealth–a person’s accumulated assets minus her debt–between whites ($113,149), blacks ($5,677) and Latinos ($6,325). That’s a 20-to-1 white-to-black ratio of wealth and a 18-to-1 white-to-Latino ratio. Essentially, all of the economic gains made by people of color since the Civil Rights Movement […]

A Feminist Economist Speaks Out: Deficits are a Grrrl’s Best Friend

deficit-hawk-us-budget

Listen up, sisters! Deficit hawks will eat your lunch, your kids, your jobs and your retirement. An economy without a deficit is like a fish without water. Reducing the U.S. federal deficit will make unemployment and poverty worse–way worse. And that means that women’s economic condition will deteriorate even further. Today’s deficit hawks (and way […]

Where’s the Women’s Opportunity?

unemploymentopportunitycent

For the last thirty years, displaced homemaker centers in New York have provided crucial computer training services, employment counseling, and other support services for nearly a quarter of a million low-income women struggling to re-enter the work force after abandonment, divorce, separation or death of a partner or spouse. As of November 1st of this year, however, all of New York state’s twenty-two displaced homemaker centers will be non-existent, thanks to massive budget cuts in the state.

What’s More Effective: Closing Your Purse or Your Legs?

United Belgium Brussels demonstration 20071118 DMisson 00076 rue de la Verveine

A sex strike recently proposed in Belgium has ignited a debate about the efficacy of sex strikes. Proposed by parliament member Marleen Temmerman, the strike would be intended to break the eight-month political deadlock caused by a feuding Dutch-speaking North and French-speaking South. Though half-joking in her suggestion for spouses to withhold sex until their […]

Economic Recovery? Not So Much for Women

Unemployment_women_recession

The latest employment figures place the economic “recovery” firmly on the Y chromosome. According to the National Women’s Law Center, the unemployment crisis declined for men in 2010–but grew for women. From January to December 2010, federal data shows that unemployment among women ticked up from 7.8 percent to 8.1 percent, while the rate for […]

Homelessness Creeps Up on Working Americans

Homeless

Many cities will begin the New Year with a sad resolution: to make sure the number of homeless families doesn’t grow as much as it did the year before. A new survey of homelessness covering 27 cities, published by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, sheds light on the epidemic. A rise in family homelessness in many […]

A Bitter Pill: Birth Rates Fall, But It’s No Reproductive-Rights Victory

teen_birth_rates_fall

It seems that the Great Recession may have done for America’s teens what countless hours of puritanical preaching have failed to: dissuaded them from having babies. Federal health authorities reported last week that the birth rate among U.S. girls between 15 and 19 fell six percent from 2008 to 2009 to a record low of […]