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National Snapshot: Poverty Among Women & Families, 2013

September 19, 2014

The poverty rates for women remained at historically high levels in 2013, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released in September 2014. Women’s poverty rates were once again substantially above the poverty rates for men

The Wage Gap By State for Women Overall 2013

September 18, 2014

Families depend on women’s wages more than ever, but women working full time, year round are typically paid less than full-time, year-round male workers in every state. Nationally, women working full time, year round typically make only 78.3 cents for every dollar a man makes and the size of the disparity varies by state. Women fare best in Washington, D.C., where women working full time, year round typically make 91.3 cents for every dollar their male counterparts make. New York and Maryland follow Washington, D.C. with the ratio of women’s to men’s earnings above 85 percent in both states. Women fare worst relative to men in Louisiana, where women’s earnings represented only 65.9 percent of men’s earnings.

FAQs about the Census Bureau’s Official Poverty Measure

September 17, 2014

Each year, the Census Bureau releases data on poverty and income in the United States, and the National Women’s Law Center analyzes these data to provide a picture of how women and their families are faring. The following frequently asked questions take a closer look at what the Census Bureau numbers tell us—and don’t tell us—about poverty. 

FAQs about the Census Bureau Official Health Insurance Rate

September 15, 2014

Each year, the Census Bureau releases data on health insurance coverage in the United States, and the National Women’s Law Center analyzes these data to provide a picture of how women and their families are faring. The following frequently asked questions take a closer look at what the Census Bureau numbers tell us—and don’t tell us—about health insurance.

A Women’s Economic Agenda Must Help Women and Families Succeed

September 12, 2014

Recognizing that when women succeed, their families and the economy prosper, some legislative leaders are taking action to create opportunities for women in the workplace. The National Women’s Law Center applauds these efforts because investment in women’s economic security is vital for women and their families.

If You Care about Religious Freedom You Should Care about Reproductive Justice!

September 12, 2014

The Reproductive Justice (RJ) movement places reproductive health and rights within a social justice and human rights framework. The movement supports the right of individuals to have the children they want, raise the children they have, and plan their families through safe, legal access to contraception and abortion. In order to make these rights a reality, the movement recognizes that RJ will only be achieved when all people have the economic, social, and political power to make healthy decisions about their bodies, sexuality, and reproduction.

Reproductive Justice demands that women be able to access and make informed decisions about their reproductive health care.  Unfortunately, entities ranging from hospitals to businesses have tried to use their religious beliefs to justify denying women access to, health insurance coverage of,  and information about reproductive health care, including contraception, abortion, and in vitro fertilization.

States Take Action to Stop Bosses’ Religious Beliefs from Trumping Women’s Reproductive Health Care Decisions

September 11, 2014

Across the country, employers are using their religious beliefs to discriminate against their employees because of their employees’ personal reproductive health care decisions. Women are being punished or fired for using birth control, for undergoing in vitro fertilization in order to get pregnant, or for having sex without being married. The Supreme Court’s recent decision permitting some bosses to refuse to provide insurance coverage of birth control to their female employees highlights how a boss’s religious beliefs are trumping an employee’s health and access to the health care they and their families need.

Employers should not be allowed to use their personal religious beliefs to discriminate against employees who typically come from all different faiths. Fortunately, states have begun to step forward to protect employees, introducing legislation to make it clear that bosses cannot obstruct or coerce an employee when that employee makes a personal reproductive health care decision.

Stop Shortchanging Tipped Workers: 10 Reasons Raising the Tipped Minimum Wage Is a Women’s Issue

September 11, 2014

This fact sheet lists 10 reasons why raising the tipped minimum wage is a women's issue.  

The Vacancy Crisis in the Federal Judiciary: What's at Stake for Women

September 10, 2014

There are currently 57 vacancies on the federal district and appellate courts, a ten percent vacancy rate. This alarmingly high vacancy rate forces people around the country to wait for justice. 

Women in the Federal Judiciary: Still A Long Way to Go

September 10, 2014

Over the past three decades, an increasing number of women have joined the legal profession.  Since 1992, women’s representation in law school classes has approached 50%. Despite record numbers of female judicial nominees, the percentage of female federal judges, however, is far lower. It is of critical importance to increase the representation of women on the federal bench.