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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

April 03, 2014
The National Women’s Law Center has been working hard to make sure women and their families know about the preventive coverage provided through the health care law. We’ve heard from many women about how much this coverage has helped them but we’ve also heard about some women encountering problems while trying to get these services without cost-sharing. This toolkit is designed to provide women with information on the coverage of preventive services in the health care law and tools they can use if they encounter problems with this coverage. We have also provided detailed instructions on how to file an appeal with insurance companies and draft appeal letters on a range of preventive services.
April 01, 2014
In a recent five-to-four decision in Vance v. Ball State University, the Supreme Court watered down workplace protections from harassment.  The Court held that supervisors who direct daily work activities - but lack the power to hire and fire - are mere coworkers, and that the tougher legal standard that applies in cases of coworker harassment also applies to harassment by these lower-level supervisors.  The Center's report documents how the Vance decision is divorced from current workplace realities, with a particular focus on the low-wage workplace.

Fact Sheets

April 16, 2014

Social Security benefits are especially important to women—and women’s average benefits are just $13,100 per year. The proposed cuts to Social Security are cuts that women and families cannot afford. Check out this this fact sheet to learn more key facts on the impact of Social Security on women and their families.

April 15, 2014

The minimum wage is falling short for millions of Americans — especially for women, who represent nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers across the country, and at least half of minimum wage workers in every state. Use this chart to see how the states compare.

Legal Briefs & Testimony

April 14, 2014

On Thursday April 10, 2014, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions held a hearing "Expanding Access to Quality Early Learning: the Strong Start for America’s Children Act." 

April 07, 2014

The Center is filing friend of the court briefs in lawsuits challenging the federal contraceptive coverage benefit, brought by employers who want to deny their employees this important benefit.  These cases involve suits brought under the First Amendment to the US Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  These cases will decide whether a boss’s religious beliefs trump women’s health and women’s access to the health care they need.

Coalition Action Materials

April 09, 2014

It’s time for Congress to stand up for the rights of working women and to advance fair pay. On behalf of a broad coalition of organizations that promote economic opportunity for women and full enforcement of antidiscrimination laws, we urge you to co-sponsor and work to swiftly pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.

April 07, 2014

On April 3, 2014, national child care and early learning organizations sent sign-on letters to the chairs and ranking minority members of the Appropriations Committees and the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services in support of early childhood programs for the FY 2015 appropriations process.

Download the full letter below.

Webinars & Presentations

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


March 26, 2014

The health care law, also known as the Affordable Care Act, poses challenges to the special circumstances of survivors of domestic violence and the need for additional advocacy and tools to ensure that survivors are able to get affordable, quality health coverage.

In this webinar, we will review various advocacy tools that can be used to help survivors of domestic violence access health insurance coverage and obtain eligibility for financial support under the new law.  Some specific resources will be presented, such as tools to use to advocate for an allowance for survivors of domestic violence to file separate tax returns from their spouse, which will help them get the financial support they need when enrolling for health coverage.

March 20, 2014

Later this month, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two cases brought by for-profit corporations challenging the requirement that insurance plans cover birth control without co-pay. 

This webinar covers the right to religious exercise that corporations are trying to claim, how the corporations’ argument that bosses should be able to discriminate under the guise of the "free exercise of religion" actually undermines religious liberty and is the same idea that Arizona recently sought to codify in its anti-gay bill, and the danger that such a notion poses to women's health, women's equality, and equality interests more broadly.


Featured speakers: Judy Waxman, National Women's Law Center; David Gans, Constitutional Accountability Center; Greg Lipper, Americans United for Separation of Church and State; Emily Martin, National Women's Law Center; Thomas Ude, Lambda Legal