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The Unprecedented Power and Potential of Women's Philanthropy in the Washington Region

December 1, 2015

In this report, Washington Area Women's Foundation finds that turning the corner on poverty for women and girls in our region is within our grasp. The key is investing in women and girls with a gender lens, and tapping into the unprecedented giving potential of women philanthropists in our region.

Investing in Change: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities For Women in the Washington Region's Labor Force

August 20, 2015

In this issue brief, we focus on promising approaches to building economic security for women through workforce development. In the following pages, we share the latest employment and labor force participation trends for working women in the Washington region, with a particular focus on low-income women. We identify some of the strategies of successful workforce development programs that support these women, and conclude with concrete steps that funders, policymakers, advocates, employers, and individuals can take to provide women with the effective education and job training programs they need to build economic security and change the trajectory of their lives.

Girls' Economic Security in the Washington Region

April 20, 2015

This issue brief highlights key issues and demographic trends in the Washington region, and dives specifically into issues of poverty and opportunity that affect girls' capacity to attain economic security in adulthood. Our objective is to better understand girls' experiences and circumstances and to work together with the community to identify strategies that reduce barriers, increase opportunities and increase the number of girls who are able to live economically secure lives both today and for generations to come.

Early Care and Education in the Washington Region

April 13, 2015

This issue brief explaines how early care and education investments help prepare low-income children ages zero to five for kindergarten, a critical opportunity to increase readiness and close the achievement gap, provide an important work support for low-income working families and support the professional development and advancement of early care and education providers.

Women's Earnings and the Gender Wage Gap in Washington Region

April 6, 2015

In this issue brief we find more than ever, families rely on Women's earnings to make ends meet. In the Washington Region, 72 percent of mothers with young childen participate in the workforce and, nationwide, 40 percent of mothers are either the sole or primary breadwinner in their households. Equal pay would reduce poverty levels among women, and would increase every woman's ability to provide for herself.

Poverty Among Women and Girls in the Washington Region

February 1, 2015

In this issue brief we look at the economic state of women in the Washington region.

Paid Sick Days Access in the United States: Differences by Race/Ethnicity, Occupation, Earnings, and Work Schedule

March 3, 2014

Paid sick days bring substantial benefits to employers, workers, families, and communities. The economic and public health benefits of paid sick leave coverage include safer work environments; improved work life balance, reduced spread of contagion; and reduced health care costs. Access to this important benefit, however, is still too rare, and is unequally distributed across the U.S. population, with differences by race and ethnicity, occupation, earnings levels, and work schedules. Utilizing data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), IWPR finds that in 2012, approximately 61 percent of private-sector workers age 18 and older in the U.S. had access to paid sick days (Figure 1); up from 57 percent in 2009. More than 41 million workers lack access.

The Status of Women in Colorado

June 12, 2013

The Status of Women and Girls in Colorado aims to provide reliable data to help empower communities across the state to build on the successes of women and girls as well as effectively address the diverse needs and realities of their lives. This report addresses this need by analyzing how women and girls in Colorado fare in five topical areas that profoundly shape their lives: economic security and poverty; employment and earnings; educational opportunity; personal safety; and community leadership. We will use this research to inform the focused and strategic work of The Women's Foundation of Colorado, and it is our intent for this report to be a valuable resource to our communities in every corner of the state.

The Gender Wage Gap by Occupation

April 18, 2012

Compares 2011 median weekly earnings by gender, occupation, and race/ethnicity; the wage gender gaps within races/ethnicities; and the prevalence of occupational segregation in which women tend to work in certain occupations and men in others.

The Female Face of Poverty and Economic Insecurity: The Impact of the Recession on Women in Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh MSA

February 12, 2010

Analyzes the higher unemployment and poverty rates and lower wages of single mothers, especially minorities. Offers policy recommendations designed to help single mothers weather the economic downturn and maintain long-term economic self-sufficiency.

Women at Greater Risk of Economic Insecurity: A Gender Analysis of the Rockefeller Foundation's American Worker Survey

May 8, 2008

Analyzes survey data for differences in anxiety over and experiences of economic insecurity between women and men, workers and non-workers, and parents and non-parents, as well as among women of different races/ethnicities, incomes, and education levels.