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New Poll Shows Bipartisan Voter Mandate for Family Friendly Workplace Policies

Posted by sherrysaunders on December 5, 2012

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By the National Partnership for Women & Families

Following a divisive election, new poll results released by the National Partnership for Women & Families reveal that the nation’s voters are united in their support for making the nation’s workplaces more family friendly. Across party and demographic lines, an overwhelming majority of those surveyed said they struggle to manage their work and family responsibilities — and that they think it is important for Congress and the president to consider policies that would help, such as paid sick days and paid family and medical leave insurance.

“America’s working families are being forced to make impossible choices between the well-being of their families and their financial security every day because our nation’s workplace policies are badly out of sync with the needs of today’s workers and families,” said National Partnership President Debra L. Ness. “These new survey data clearly show that no matter which candidate voters supported for president this election, they are feeling the pressure of out-of-date workplace policies, and they want action to fix them.”

The bipartisan poll, conducted by Lake Research Partners and The Tarrance Group, found that 86 percent of voters nationwide said it is important for Congress and the president to consider new laws like paid sick days and paid family and medical leave insurance to help keep families financially secure. Nearly two-thirds said it is “very important.” Other key findings include:

  • Strong support across party lines: 73 percent of Republicans, 87 percent of independents and 96 percent of Democrats said congressional and presidential attention to family friendly policies is important.
  • Latinos, African Americans, women and young people — the very voter groups much talked about for their impact this election — felt strongest about the importance of congressional and presidential action: 79 percent of Latinos, 77 percent of African Americans, 69 percent of women and 68 percent of people under 30 considered it “very important.”
  • There is a near universal experience of struggle and hardship in trying to meet work, family and personal responsibilities: Nearly three-quarters of voters (74 percent) said they experience these challenges at least somewhat often, and nearly four in 10 said they experience conflict “all the time” or “very often.”
  • Similarly, nearly three-quarters of voters (72 percent) said they and their families would be likely to face significant financial hardships if they had a serious illness, had to care for a family member with a serious illness, or had a new child.

“There is near universal agreement among voters of all political parties that balancing work, family and personal responsibilities is a challenge,” said Brian Nienaber, vice president at The Tarrance Group. “Voters also strongly agree that a major life altering event like a new child or a seriously ill relative would cause them significant financial hardships.”

“This poll shows that voters want and need family friendly policies that help protect their economic security when illness strikes or babies are born,” said Celinda Lake, president of Lake Research Partners. “Across the board, voters are struggling to manage their responsibilities on the job and at home, they are worried about the financial impact of major health events, and they want lawmakers to adopt policies that will help. The support for paid sick days and paid family and medical leave insurance is strong and broad-based.”

The Healthy Families Act, which was introduced this Congress, would allow workers in businesses with 15 or more employees to earn up to seven job-protected paid sick days each year to be used to recover from their own illnesses, access preventive care or provide care for a sick family member. It currently has 118 cosponsors in the House of Representatives and 18 cosponsors in the Senate.

Members of Congress are also expected to work on a national family and medical leave insurance proposal that would create a federal insurance-based system to provide up to 60 days of partially-paid time off to workers to address their own serious health conditions, care for a family member with a serious health condition, or care for a newborn, newly adopted child or newly placed foster child.

“This new poll adds to an overwhelming body of evidence showing that the public strongly supports common sense, family friendly workplace policies,” said Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at the National Partnership. “It’s time for Congress to focus on the real challenges facing real people in this country and prioritize passage of modest, reasonable proposals like the Healthy Families Act and a national paid family and medical leave insurance program that would go a long way toward protecting the health and economic stability of our families while also strengthening our economy.”

The survey of 1,220 adults who indicated they had already voted or were likely to vote was conducted by telephone from November 4 to November 6, 2012. The sample included both landlines and mobile phones. It has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

The topline results of the poll can be found here: www.NationalPartnership.org/ElectionPoll

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Top 10 Reasons Why Veterans and Military Family Members Make Good Employees

Posted by YWM on December 22, 2011

By guest blogger Kimberly Martin

There are nearly 900,000 unemployed veterans in the United States–a staggering figure. The latest Department of Labor unemployment report shows that in October 2011, the average unemployment rate among all veterans was 7.7% and 12.1% for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.  Overall, nearly one in twelve of our nation’s heroes can’t find a job to support their family, don’t have an income that provides stability, and don’t have work that provides them with the confidence and pride that is so critical to their transition home.

On November 21, 2011, President Obama signed the “VOW to Hire Heroes Act” into law.  The legislation will lower the rate of unemployment among our nation’s veterans with much needed assistance and attention for unemployed veterans who are struggling to find work.  The bill includes tax credits for employers who hire unemployed veterans and veterans with service-connected disabilities.  More information about the bill can be found here:  http://veterans.house.gov/vow

Habitat for Humanity International is committed to doing our part to help veterans, guardsmen/reservists and their spouses find meaningful employment.  We encourage you to support the effort.

Top 10 Reasons Why Veterans and Military Family Members Make Good Employees

10. Global Perspective – military and veteran employees have experiences that directly relate to current world events.

9.   On-time, All the Time – military and veteran employees know that every second counts.

8.   First Class Image – military and veteran employees understand a professional appearance is a must.

7.   Calm Under Pressure – military and veteran employees are resilient and know how to handle stress, both on and off the job.

6.   “Can Do” Attitude – military and veteran employees possess critical skills and understand that nothing is impossible.

5.   Physical Conditioning – military and veteran employees are in good physical condition and resilient.

4.   Understand Diversity – military and veteran employees have succeeded in a very diverse workplace.

3.   Responsibility – military and veteran employees know how to make decisions and take responsibility for meeting deadlines.

2.   Professionalism – military and veteran employees have a high degree of integrity, an air of self-respect and a sense of honor.

1.   Leadership – military and veteran employees are excellent leaders and outstanding followers – loyal, dedicated and highly motivated.

Kimberly Martin, Veterans Initiative – AmeriCorps VISTA
Habitat for Humanity International

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HERvotes Blog Carnival: Unemployment Insurance, Good for People, Good for the Country

Posted by sherrysaunders on December 8, 2011

By Sherry Saunders, Director of Communications
Business and Professional Women’s Foundation

I think we all were heartened by the news in November that while 13 million Americans remain out of work, the overall unemployment rate decreased from 9.9 percent to 8.6 percent.  But we also learned that while the rate of unemployment improved, the duration of time out of work increased.  More workers stopped actively looking for work and dropped out of the labor force than gained jobs during the last month. In addition over 5.6 million Americans have been looking for work for six months or more. For women age 20 and over the average was 42.1 weeks. For women age 55 or over, it was 54.8 weeks.

Looking more closely at the women behind those numbers, we find that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Women’s Law Center, the unemployment rate for single mothers was 12.4 percent, up from 12.3 percent in October 2011 and 11.7 percent in June 2009. And African-American women’s unemployment rate in November was12.9 percent, up from 12.6 percent in October 2011 and 11.7 percent in June 2009.   In addition, among women age 20 or over, 5.1 million were officially unemployed and another 2.8 million were not in the labor force but wanted work.

A glimmer of good news was found in the over all veteran unemployment rates which fell in November to 7.4 percent yet remained unacceptably high, 11.1 percent, for those who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan era.  For men who separated since 2001, the unemployment rate fell from 12.3 percent in October to 10 percent in November. But for their female counterparts the unemployment rate shot up to 18.7 percent from 10.9 percent in October, possibly attributed to smaller population sampling size.

The measure of who we are is what we do about these numbers that are in fact real people with real families to support. As a nation we have provided long-term jobless workers federal emergency unemployment insurance benefits, which supplement state unemployment insurance, which generally lasts only 26 weeks or less. In previous recessions, Congress always extended these benefits whenever unemployment reached higher than 7.2 percent.  But even though unemployment is expected to remain above 8.0 percent through 2012, Congress continues to bicker about extending these programs even though they will expire at the end of December leaving these real people with no money for food and other essentials. Quite a Christmas present.

If Congress doesn’t act by December 31, nearly 2 million people will lose their benefits in January alone. Millions more will lose this critical lifeline in the near future – over 6 million during 2012 if Congress continues to ignore the plight of their fellow Americans.

We also need to remember that unemployment insurance isn’t just essential for families struggling to make ends meet; it is also good for our economy. The long term unemployed are not in a position to save or invest their unemployment dollars; they need to spend them right away on food, clothing, rent, mortgages, transportation and the like. Studies done by the Urban Institute and others have show that every dollar spent on employment insurance stimulates 2 dollars in growth in the U.S. economy. Since Congress claims that jobs are high on their agenda, they need to recognize that not extending unemployment insurance will take dollars out of our already fragile economy and result in even larger future job losses.

So for both compassionate and pragmatic reasons, I urge Congress to step up and do its job.

Part of the #HERvotes blog carnival.  Read other posts

Women and the Unemployment Crisis, National Association of Social Workers
Action Alert: Tell Congress to Extend Unemployment Insurance
November’s Drop in Unemployment News Leaves Vulnerable Groups Behind, National Women’s Law Center
“No Christmas for Congress” Unless UI is Extended, National Women’s Law Center
Happy Holidays, Congress! It’s Time to Extend UI, National Women’s Law Center
The Pathways Back to Work Act: A Must-Pass Piece of Legislation for Women, National Women’s Law Center
Congress Should Act to Extend Unemployment Insurance, AAUW
I Am ‘Occupying’ D.C. for My Children and Future Generations– Linda Evans
When My Husband Faced Unemployment– Karoline, Mom’s Rising
Unemployment Insurance is the LEAST We Can Offer Working Families- Elisanta “Lisa” Batista
Without Unemployment Insurance, My Family Would Have To Choose Which Bills to Pay– Teresa “Tigger” Rey, Mom’s Rising
Good Education. Good experience. Still Unemployed– Theresa Witt
Holiday Fear– Christy Jones, AAUW
Navigating Unemployment– Jen, Mom’s Rising
Women, the Economy, and Unemployment Insurance– Angel Savoy, Metro DC Chapter, Coalition of Labor Union Women
Surviving a Corporate War on the Middle Class– Verlene Jones, Seattle Washington, Coalition of Labor Union Women
Extend Unemployment Benefits, But Don’t Stop There- Lindsay Beyerstein, Ms. Magazine Blog
Latinas Call on Congress to Extend Unemployment Insurance Set to Expire Dec. 31, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Congress must protect the lifeline women and families depend on, National Partnership for Women and Families

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HERvotes Blog Carnival: Rebounding from a “Mancession,” Remembering the Ladies

Posted by YWM on September 15, 2011

By Bettina Hager, Programs Director, National Women’s Political Caucus

Bettina Hager

President Obama recently laid out his new “American Jobs Act” before Congress in the hope of revitalizing our economy, putting the willing to work and finally ending one of the Nation’s longest and worst recessions.  With unemployment at a startling high–and making only marginal, if any, improvements monthly–the country has one thing on its mind…JOBS.

The White House put much time and effort into outlining the effects of the Jobs Act for all demographics, including a fact sheet devoted exclusively to the effect on women and the economy.  Still it is hard not to wonder if, during this hoped for recovery from what is widely coined the “mancession,” we will again need to remind the Nation to “remember the ladies.”

The fact is that men did see a greater overall job loss and increase in unemployment rate during the recession.  However, the jobs that are being created are largely going to men.  While the meager return of 27% of men’s jobs deserves little celebration, it looks healthy compared to the 9% return rate seen for women.[1]

One must also question whether the “mancession” was an economic phenomenon that unfairly hit men or if it was in part due to the fact that women were the ones more willing to take the jobs men viewed as beneath their station or steps down the ladder.  When it comes to mouths to feed and doctors’ bills to pay, most women quickly get over such objections.  It takes blind faith to believe that as higher paying jobs are created, companies will reward these women’s efforts with promotions from within.  As the nation rebuilds, we must make sure that women are at the decision-making table and voting their interests.

When Abigail Adams beseeched her husband, John Adams, during the writing of the Constitution to advocate for women’s legal rights, famously to “remember the ladies,” it was out of necessity.  She knew that women did not have the right to vote, let alone a dream of serving in Congress or higher office.  It is now our prerogative, nay, our responsibility to make sure no one forgets the ladies.  We have the vote, we have the voice, let’s make sure we’re heard.

“If particular care is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no representation.”- Abigail Adams, March 31, 1776.

You tell ‘em sister.

[1]Quick Figures: Job Gap Between Women and Men Persists in August. September 2011. Institute for Women’s Policy Research. 13 September 2011.

This post is part of the #HERvotes blog carnival.

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HERvotes Blog Carnival: Women Must Speak Up for Their Jobs

Posted by sherrysaunders on September 15, 2011

Women have lost more than 200,000 jobs since the recovery began.  It is, therefore, with keen interest that women should be looking at proposals to create jobs.  Always high on everyone’s list when it comes to job creation is infrastructure, the effect of those jobs can be immediate.  Certainly our roads, bridges, schools, and sewers need work but those jobs often leave out women unless training accompanies the proposal.  With training on the table, women can start making that move to higher paying non traditional jobs.  Women need to speak up in support of training programs.

One reason women have lost more jobs has been the massive cutbacks in the ranks of teachers.  It is expected that an additional 100,000 to 300,000 teachers will lose their jobs in the next year.  That means any plan that will help women must protect teaching jobs.  Not only would this be good for those teachers but is vital to our nation’s future as well.  Only an educated population will be able to compete in the international market place.  Women need to speak up in support of protecting teaching jobs.

At a time when the Census Bureau reports that the number of Americans in poverty jumped to 15.1 percent and with more than 17 million women living in poverty, we need to deal with immediate problems as well.  When unemployment is high and long term, we need to protect those who have lost their jobs yet have families to feed and bills to pay.  Extending unemployment insurance will protect those 2.6 million women currently in danger of losing their benefits.  In addition, those dollars will have a ripple affect as they are spent in communities across the country putting money in the cash registers of markets, shops, gas stations and other small businesses.  Women need to speak up in support of protecting unemployment benefits.

So, if women want a job creation program that recognizes our needs, we must speak up and let policy makers at the local, state and federal level know that we want them to remember women when they are implementing job creating proposals.  Women also need to be registered and be ready to vote for those who have our best interests at heart.

This post is part of the #HERvotes blog carnival

President’s Jobs Plan Benefits Women, by Ellie Smeal

The Care Crisis, by Premilla Nadasen

The Old Boys’ Club Still Meets on the Golf Course, by Holly Derr

Women Must Be a Part of Our Recovery, AAUW Executive Director, Linda D. Hallman, CAE

Where Are the Jobs for Recent Graduates, Kendra McCormic, National Council of Women’s Organizations

Jobs Blog Carnival: Women and Jobs are Central to US Economic Recovery, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Moms Rising

Top 5 Tips for Working and Breastfeeding, Bettina Forbes, Best for Babes

Living on a prayer? Latinas need jobs and the ability to live with dignity, Anjela Jenkins, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Female Veterans and the American Jobs Act, National Association of Social Workers

“Do You Mind Taking a Short Detour So I Can Vote?” , Emily Alfano, National Council of Jewish Women

Where’s the Women’s Opportunity, Amy Williams, Ms Magazine

A Recession for White Americans: A Depression for Black and Latino Americans, Caroline Heldman, Ms Magazine

Mancession Gives Way To He-covery, Hanna Gorden, Feminist Majority Foundation

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Why Social Security Must Be Protected

Posted by egehl on July 22, 2011

The word “budget” seems to be on everyone’s mind these days, especially in the halls of Congress.

Every day there are new twists and turns to the never-ending budget and debt ceiling debacle.   The debt crisis our country faces will impact each of us as Congress makes decision to slash trillions of dollars away from vital programs and services that impact every facet of our society.  In order to address the looming federal deficit, legislators have proposed cutting social safety net programs to reduce spending. 

Programs big and small are on the chopping block, however the bigger ones such as Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare are the big goliaths that everyone is afraid of touching, but know it has to be done.  The problem is that if poor decisions are made about these important programs now it could be devastating for years to come, especially for women.

Various proposals are swirling around, and many could be quite scary for our seniors.  For example, Social Security benefits could be deeply cut by increasing the full retirement age above 67, possibly to 70, and reducing the Cost-of-living Adjustment (COLA) by switching to the chained Consumer Price Index (CPI).  Unfortunately using the “chained CPI” would cut benefits for everyone immediately and would cumulate over time, so that those who live the longest would suffer the deepest cuts.

Social Security is essential for older women’s economic well-being.  Women disproportionately depend on Social Security because their life expectancy is five years longer than men, they rely more on survivor benefits, they are less likely than men to have income from their own pensions, and because women have lower earnings on average across their lifetime they benefit from Social Security’s generous benefits to lower earners.

Women who are most economically vulnerable, including those with disabilities, live alone or have limited means, face the greatest risk as a result of these proposed cuts.  They face hurdles to gain financial stability on their own because many women cannot find employment at older ages, do not have pensions, and have been unable to save sufficiently because of wage discrimination and time taken out of the paid workforce for care-giving.

The National Council of Women’s Organizations has launched a new initiative to call on Congress to RESPECT women, PROTECT Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and REJECT any budget plans that threaten the economic security of women.  The goal of this campaign is to get the message across to key lawmakers that budget decisions should not be made at the expense of vulnerable women.

My mother is a perfect example of the critical need for Social Security.  I distinctly remember when she turned 65, a year after she was widowed and two months after Hurricane Katrina devastated my hometown, and she lost her job because of the storm.  She and I repeatedly said how thankful and lucky we were that the timing of her birthday coincided with that hard year otherwise the devastation to our home, on top of her job loss, could have put my family in financial straits.  I can’t imagine what we would have done if we had to wait another 5 years until she turned 70 for her to begin receiving benefits.

My mother stayed at home while I was growing up and didn’t starting working full-time until I was in highschool, and never made a great salary.  Therefore her Social Security benefits were fairly dismal and she was thankful she could receive my father’s benefits.  Over the past 6 years Social Security has been at the heart of my mother’s income and given her the means to stay in the home I grew up in, and have the modest lifestyle she wants and deserves.  Therefore I have seen firsthand how Social Security is truly a lifesaving foundation for older woman, and must be protected.

The reality is that our country needs to tighten its belt.  And all of us will have to make some level of sacrifice to make that happen.  However there are common sense ways to accomplish these goals without causing undue detriment to our citizens susceptible to hardship.  I just hope our leaders heed that warning.

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Respect, Protect and Reject

Posted by YWM on July 13, 2011

Business and Professional Women’s Foundation has joined The National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO) in a campaign to support women in the current economy.  Join us as we call for Congress to RESPECT women, PROTECT Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and REJECT any budget plans that threaten the economic security of women.

Very soon, members of Congress will reach an agreement on how to reduce the federal deficit. As much as $4 trillion could be cut from the federal budget over the next decade. These cuts will touch upon virtually every program that serves and employs women. Currently, some negotiators are refusing to accept new taxes to raise revenues as part of the package, which could result in deep benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and an array of other critical safety net programs. The economic well-being of women, communities or color, persons with disabilities, low-income earners and their families are at stake.

Negotiators have a deadline to create an agreement and then to raise the debt ceiling by Aug. 2. We have a deadline, too; we have to step up the pressure on Congress now. We also have to make sure that Congress does not sell us out in a bad deal. We are not willing to allow women to be robbed to pay for the vacation homes and multi-million dollar bonuses for millionaires and billionaires.

BPW Foundation and all NCWO members are making sure that women are respected and heard in these negotiations. We must assure that programs which disproportionately serve and employ women are protected. Any effort to undercut these programs must be rejected.

Here’s what you can do NOW:

Sign our petition by clicking on this link

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Good News for Women Small Business Owners

Posted by YWM on April 8, 2011

Repeal of 1099 Reporting Requirement Good for Women Small Business Owners

BPW Foundation is excited to share some good news for women business owners – the Senate has passed legislation to repeal the expanded IRS Form 1099 reporting requirement that was threatening to overwhelm small businesses with mountains of burdensome paperwork.  With overwhelming bipartisan support, the Senate voted in favor of H.R. 4, the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act, with 87 yeas and 12 nays.  This bill, which already passed in the House, now goes to the President to be signed into law.

BPW Foundation supported the passage of this legislation, which prevented an onerous tax reporting requirement that would have had a substantially negative impact on all small businesses, including those owned by women.  Given that women owned businesses already face additional challenges, the negative impacts of these reporting requirements are magnified for women business owners.

Last year, in a shortsighted effort to raise additional tax revenue, Congress expanded the Form 1099 requirement to force business owners to report any business expense over $600 to the IRS. According to one woman business owner who testified on Capitol Hill last fall, this would have increased her 1099 reporting by 500%.  With the cost of tax paperwork on small businesses averaging $74 per hour, this could amount to businesses having to additionally spend thousands of dollars each year. 

There are 7.8 million women-owned businesses in the United States – a 20.1% increase from 2002 to 2007.  In 2008, majority women-owned businesses in the U.S. had a total economic impact of $2.8 trillion.  That translates into the creation and maintenance of more than 23.7 million jobs, and accounts for 16% of all U.S. jobs.  While BPW Foundation applauds Congressional efforts to repeal the Form 1099 reporting requirements, Congress needs to ensure that future actions do not add to the challenges these major drivers of our economy face at a time when our economy is struggling to recover from recessionary times.

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White House Council on Women and Girls Releases New Report

Posted by egehl on March 2, 2011

Yesterday the White House Council on Women and Girls held a conference call to discuss a report entitled Women in America  prepared for them by the Office of Management and Budget and the Economics and Statistics Administration within the Department of Commerce. 

This comprehensive report pulls together information from across the Federal statistical agencies to compile baseline information on how women are faring in the United States today and how these trends have changed over time.  The report provides a statistical portrait showing how women’s lives are evolving in five critical areas: People, Families, and Income; Education; Employment; Health; and Crime, Violence, and Criminal Justice. 

BPW Foundation was interested in learning about all of these areas, especially how the data pertains to women veterans.

Overall the report gives mixed news for women.  It shows that young women now are more likely than young men to have a bachelor’s or master’s degree, and the numbers of women and men in the labor force are almost equal.  Yet wages and income for women remain inequitable.  At all levels of education, women earned about 75 percent of what their male counterparts earned in 2009.  Among the health findings, women still live longer than men, but the gap is closing as women are more likely to face certain health problems, such as mobility impairment, arthritis, asthma, depression and obesity.

This report gives a significant overview of women’s lives today.  The facts help paint a picture of how women are changing over time and the current challenges they are facing.  It is important that as a country we gain a better understanding of women’s social, health and economic well-being so that public policies can be reflective of these needs and changes.  Moving forward this report will be a useful tool in helping stakeholders with a vested interest in women make more sound decisions. 

To see the full report visit the White House Council on Women and Girls website

Here are some of the interesting statistics included in the report about all women, including women veterans:

  • Women are marrying later and have fewer children than in the past.
  • Although more adult women live in married-couple families than in any other living arrangement, an ever-growing number of women are raising children without a spouse. 
  • More women are remaining childless, although eight out of ten adult women have children.
  • Because women live longer, women continue to outnumber men at older ages. 
  • Women are more likely to live in poverty than are adult men.
  • Women’s gains in educational attainment have significantly outpaced those of men over the last 40 years.  Today, younger women are more likely to graduate from college than are men and are more likely to hold a graduate school degree.  Higher percentages of women than men have at least a high school education, and higher percentages of women than men participate in adult education.
  • Female students are less well represented than men in science and technology-related fields, which typically lead to higher paying occupations.
  • The participation of women in the workforce rose dramatically through the mid-1990s, but has been relatively constant since then. 
  • Despite their gains in labor market experience and in education, women still earn less than men. 
  • Because women earn less and because two-earner households have higher earnings, families headed by women have far less income than do married-couple families.
  • Women are disproportionately more likely than men to be affected by certain critical health problems, including mobility impairments, chronic health conditions such as asthma, arthritis, or depression.  Women are less likely to be physically active and are more likely to be obese.
  • Women generally use the health care system and preventive care more than men, but many women still do not receive recommended preventive care such as pap smears or flu vaccinations.
  • Attacks on women by their intimate partners have fallen since the passage of the Violence Against Women Act in 1994, although women are still much more likely to be victimized and injured by this type of violence than are men.  

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News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by sherrysaunders on February 25, 2011

Woman by woman the VA is changing its culture [Salt Lake Tribune]

Homeless women veterans: Americans latest war casualties [Suite101.com]

Microfinance programs for American women [Huffington Post]

Women want jobs based on their merit [Forbes]

The political attack on working women and families [Huffington Post]

Must women entrepreneurs learn to “bluster”? [BusinessWeek]

Female vets have harder time finding jobs [KAIT 8]

Soldier Mom deploys for 4th time [Army Times]

Unemployment challenging gender roles [Chicago Tribune]

Study of working moms nauseates [Boston Herald]

America last among peers with no paid federal maternity leave [Bloomberg]

Flawed study on women and science careers gets wide media attention [Womens eNews]

Finding homes for women vets and their children [Huffington Post]

Women who out earn their husbands [Slate]

For female reporters a war on many fronts [NPR]

Female owned business responsible for job creation in US [PRLog]

The state of women leadership around the world [Forbes]

Veterans and advocates condemn military’s failure to stop rapes [NewsChange]

How the green economy can help low income women [States News]  

Men bounce back faster after recession’s uneven blows [BND]

Pentagon now supports bill to protect troops’ child custody rights [Stripes]

NPR Series the Changing Role of Women in the Military:
Part I The roles of women in the military and combat [NPR]
Part II First female Silver Star award winner since WWII, a reluctant hero[NPR]
Part III Ret. Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught remembers her “different” military days [NPR
Part IV A soldier’s life for mother and daughter [NPR]
Part V – In the Army it is lonely at the top for women [NPR]

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