Archive | May, 2011

Unemployment Among Husbands and Wives

Does it make a difference whether it is the husband or the wife who is unemployed? Most definitely, says Heather Boushey, feminist economist extraordinaire here in Washington DC. It affects how much money comes into the home, and suggests that action is needed to close the gap between men’s and women’s earnings. Heather’s recent report, [...]

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Missing: The American Middle Class

Do you understand how come it got so bad for so many households these days? I’ve been looking at “The American Middle Class Under Stress” report by Sherle R. Schewenninger and Samuel Sherraden of the New America Foundation. It probably won’t make you feel any better, or suddenly fill up your bank account, but sometimes [...]

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You’re Taking Care of Others, But Who’s Taking Care of You?!

Lara Hinz, my friend, colleague and Director of Programs at the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER) has penned this guest post. She raises a very important point – while we have our hands full taking care of others, our own future well-being is likely falling by the wayside. WISER aims to change that [...]

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The 2011 Mothers Index – US Ranks #31

For the 12th year in a row, international non-profit Save the Children ranks the well-being of mothers and children in over 160 countries around the world. With Mother’s Day in the US fresh on our minds, this timely report reveals what women need to raise their children, and the direct link between women’s status and [...]

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Recession Update: Women Left Out of Recovery

As we limp along in what passes for an economic “recovery”, the numbers show that the barely discernible uptick in employment is benefitting only half the workforce. Men’s employment has begun to increase in recent months, but women have continued to lose hundreds of thousands of jobs in that time. The story of the “mancession” [...]

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