Women In The Economy

Is Disability Contributing to Women’s Declining Employment?

Women’s labor force participation rate (LFPR) — the percentage of individuals employed or looking for work — reached an all-time high of 60 percent in 1999, but since then has steadily declined to 57.…

Leaving Women Behind: Modern Families, Outdated Laws

The single most important economic and sociological change in our society in the past 60 years has been the entry of women into the labor market...

Which Is More Important for Women, Capitalism or Democracy?

Capitalism and democracy are both known to improve the well-being of women. But which is more important? The social welfare of both men and women can be measured by health, education and employment, a…

Saving and Investing: A Challenge for Women

Careful studies have shown that the greatest degree of inequality exists among senior citizens, and the single most important cause of that inequality is not differences in preretirement income but di…

Social Security, Women and Working Families

Social Security is a product of the 1930s. The United States has changed significantly over the past six decades, but Social Security remains much the same. It is out-of-date and in dire need of refor…

The Impact of Social Security Reform on Women in Three Countries

This paper analyzes the differential impact on the two genders of pension reforms in Chile, Argentina and Mexico, which have adopted systems in which social security benefits are primarily financed by…

The Wage Gap Myth

Tuesday, April 16, 2002, is Equal Pay Day - the day on which many organizations protest wage discrimination between men and women. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income f…

Gaining Ground: Women, Welfare Reform and Work

Contrary to the expectations of many welfare reform critics, most of the women heading these families went to work. In fact, the  proportion of single mothers who work has increased dramatically since…