Work & Wages

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 It is out-of-date and in dire need of refor…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…

Women and Taxes

Largely for historical reasons, the American tax system is disconnected with the way women participate in the economy. The major elements of the tax system were put in place in the 1930s, 1940s and 19…

Labor Law Discriminates Against Women

The Fair Labor Standards Act was passed in 1938 to regulate the wages and working conditions of factory workers. It mandated a federal minimum wage and established an eight hour work day with overtime…