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Jobs With Largest Projected Growth 2012-2022: Almost Half are Low-Wage, Nearly Two-Thirds are Female-Dominated

Job growth in the wake of the Great Recession has been concentrated in low-wage jobs, especially for women. Projections for job growth in the next decade show that disproportionate growth in low-wage, female-dominated jobs is expected to continue.

Reports & Toolkits

July 30, 2014
Over the past four decades, women’s work experience and educational attainment have increased dramatically.  Although women have better credentials than ever before, the job and income prospects for many are bleak. Women make up two-thirds of the nearly 20 million workers in low-wage jobs—defined in this report as jobs that typically pay $10.10 per hour or less—although they make up slightly less than half of the workforce as a whole. 
June 20, 2014
This report examines the nexus between difficult working conditions in low-wage jobs and the challenges of obtaining high-quality, affordable, stable child care. 

Fact Sheets

July 25, 2014

This fact sheet explains how the Schedules That Work Act provides predictability and stability to employers and employees by responding to employees' need for a voice in their schedules, reporting time pay, split shift pay, and advance notice of schedules.

July 24, 2014

The health care law (the Affordable Care Act) requires certain women’s preventive health services and screenings, including birth control, to be covered in new health insurance plans without cost-sharing. This is a major victory for women, who are now receiving insurance coverage for the full range of FDA-approved contraceptives without being charged a co-payment or having the costs of birth control applied to their deductible. Yet, some employers, colleges, and universities object to covering birth control for religious reasons. If you work for an objecting employer or attend school at an objecting university, here’s what you need to know about your access to birth control without cost-sharing. 

Legal Briefs & Testimony

July 29, 2014

Invited testimony by Joan Entmacher explains that Social Security is the basis of retirement security for most Americans and should be protected and enhanced, not cut. The Social Security Administration needs adequate funding to ensure that Americans receive the benefits they have earned in full and on time.

July 24, 2014

NWLC files a complaint with the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights against Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School and Wilkes County Schools on behalf of Mikelia Seals. 

Coalition Action Materials

July 23, 2014

This memo explains that despite the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, Wisconsin law requiring insurance coverage of birth control remains in effect and should be fully enforced.

Webinars & Presentations

Below are resources related to past NWLC webinars, conference calls and other presentations. Please see our list of upcoming calls & webinars.


June 26, 2014

This webinar, co-sponsored by the National Women’s Law Center and American College of Nurse-Midwives, gives nurse-midwives an in-depth understanding of the ACA’s birth control coverage requirement and the breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling coverage requirement.  NWLC  provides  tools to help patients who are not getting the coverage required by the health care law.

June 17, 2014

This conference call included tips for advocates about how to engage elected officials around early learning during the 2014 election cycle.