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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

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. 
June 11, 2014
The share of women in the construction industry has remained shockingly low—under 3 percent—for decades, due in large part to the discrimination that blocks women from entering and staying in the field.  Sexual harassment and hostility, lack of mentors, and stereotyped assumptions about women’s capabilities all contribute to the problem.  Unequal access to construction jobs in turn negatively affects women’s income, as traditionally male fields pay higher wages and have a lower wage gap than those dominated by women.  More must be done to reverse this trend in construction, and the growth of women’s participation in similar nontraditional fields shows that it is possible.  This report, Women in Construction:Still Breaking Ground, delves into the data on women in construction, examines the roadblocks they face, and offers practical recommendations to increase women’s opportunities to high-paying construction careers.

Fact Sheets

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. 

July 22, 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.

Legal Briefs & Testimony

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. 

July 17, 2014

The National Women's Law Center filed comments with the Delaware Department of Education in support of proposed amendments to Delaware Administrative Code Section 930, on homebound instructions. The proposed amendments would promote the academic success of Delaware’s pregnant and parenting students and help to bring Delaware schools into compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972.

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.