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Poverty Rates by State, 2013

September 29, 2014

This table summarizes the poverty rates among different groups in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Women’s Rights at Stake: Why Federal Courts Matter to Women

September 29, 2014

Federal courts decide legal rights and principles of critical importance to women.

Obamacare & Taxes: How Life Changes Can Impact Your Premium Tax Credit (New Job, Loss of Job, or Other Change in Income)

September 26, 2014

This fact sheet provides tips for filing your Premium Tax Credit if you have started a new job, lost a job, or had other changes in income in the last year.

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Women and the Minimum Wage, State by State Chart

September 26, 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.

Overview of Selected State and Local Scheduling Protections

September 23, 2014

Workers in the United States face a range of scheduling challenges that limit their ability to succeed at work and in the rest of their lives. This issue brief provides an overview of three legislative solutions to this growing problem that have been enacted at the state and local level: right to request, reporting time pay, and split shift pay laws.

Schedules That Work Act: Section by Section Summary

September 23, 2014

The Schedules That Work Act will ensure that workers have a voice in their work schedules, the predictability and stability they need to meet the dual demands of work and family, and a fair shot at achieving economic security for themselves and their families.

House Passed Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014: Summary

September 22, 2014

In September, the House and Senate reached a bipartisan agreement on a bill reauthorizing the Child Care and Development Block Grant and the House voted to approve it.  The Senate is scheduled to vote on the measure on November 13 when they return from the recess.

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.