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The Ryan House Budget FY 2015: Slashes Vital Programs for Women and Families, Gives Trillions in Tax Cuts to Millionaires and Corporations

April 18, 2014

The budget for Fiscal Year 2015 introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), like his Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 and 2013 budgets, proposes deep funding cuts that would devastate programs especially important to women and their families: Medicaid, Medicare, the Affordable Care Act, child care, education, SNAP, and much more.

Collateral Damage: Scheduling Challenges for Workers in Low-wage Jobs and Their Consequences

April 17, 2014

A new issue brief from the National Women’s Law Center, “Collateral Damage: Scheduling Challenges for Workers in Low-wage Jobs and Their Consequences” describes the range of difficult work schedules facing workers in low-wage jobs—lack of control over the timing of work hours, schedules that are assigned at the last minute, hours that fluctuate radically from week to week or month to month, involuntary part-time work, and nonstandard schedules. The issue brief explains the extent of these problems and their particular impact on women, who make up the majority of low-wage workers and also shoulder a disproportionate share of caregiving responsibilities. The issue brief also documents the fallout from challenging work schedules for workers and their families.

Women and Social Security

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.

Women and the Minimum Wage, State by State Chart

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.

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

April 14, 2014

There are currently 85 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

April 14, 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.

Opportunities for Progress on Infant and Toddler Care: New and Proposed Federal Initiatives

April 09, 2014

This fact sheet summarizes new and proposed federal policies and initiatives that can support and improve early care and education for infants and toddlers. These initiatives are important given how critical the earliest years are to young children’s development and future success.

Gaps in Support for Early Care and Education

April 08, 2014

High-quality child care and early education is essential to enable parents to get and keep a job and to give children a strong start toward success in school and life.  Yet many families—particularly low-income families—lack access to the high-quality child care and early education that parents need to work and children need to grow and thrive. 

Fair Pay for Women and People of Color in Illinois Requires Increasing the Minimum Wage and Maintaining a Strong Tipped Minimum Wage

April 07, 2014

This fact sheet explains how increasing the minimum wage and maintaining a strong tipped minimum wage in Illinois would especially benefit women and people of color.

How the Wage Gap Hurts Women and Families

April 07, 2014

American women who work full time, year round are paid only 77 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts.  This gap in earnings translates into $11,608 less per year in median earnings, leaving women and their families shortchanged.  Although enforcement of the Equal Pay Act and civil rights laws has helped narrow the wage gap over time, addressing the significant pay disparities that remain is critical for women and their families.  This fact sheet explains just how the wage gap hurts women and families.