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Ms. magazine cover story explores the big picture for women in a shrinking economy and tells how to survive economic hard times

As the economic crisis worsens with each new announcement of job lay-offs, increasing home foreclosures and rising food and energy prices, women-headed households are affected most. Often the last hired, women are frequently the first fired. And, because women are concentrated in the lowest paying jobs, they don't qualify for unemployment benefits as much as men. The unemployment insurance system excludes low income jobs and part time jobs, both held predominantly by women.

Ms. magazine cover story tells how to survive economic hard times. In a two-part feature, Ms. money editor Martha Burk reports on her conversations with financial guru Suze Orman who offers practical advice for women to empower themselves during these tumultuous economic times. And, renowned economist Julianne Malveaux lays out a concrete plan for the next administration to jump-start the faltering U.S. economy.

Note to editors: Ms. money editor Martha Burk is available for interview.