Women are half the workforce and families depend on women’s income more than ever before. They are breadwinners or co-breadwinners in two-thirds of American families and continue to bear a disproportionate share of caregiving responsibilities. Yet, our nation’s public policies and workplace practices too often are based on outdated assumptions about who works, who stays home, and the supports necessary to make sure families are economically secure.
Because of this, women and their families are left behind. Women continue to be paid less than men; do not have access to comprehensive health care services, including reproductive health care; struggle to access affordable, high-quality child care and early education; are subject to unpredictable and inflexible work schedules; lack basic benefits such as paid sick leave and family leave; experience workplace discrimination, harassment, and unfair treatment; face barriers in accessing education; and are prevented from taking collective action. Now is the time for advocates and legislators to advance a broad vision that knocks down these barriers, remedies discrimination, ensures accountability, and provides key supports that enable women and their families to be economically secure.
The toolkit for advocates includes outreach tips and tools to help families claim valuable tax credits.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, most women now have coverage for well-women visits, without additional costs like co-pays and deductibles. But how can they make the most of this benefit? We have resources and information to help you learn more about this critical benefit and also to get the word out about no-cost well-woman visit. Regular well-woman visits could be a turning point for women’s health— but only if women know about it them.
The health care law—sometimes called Obamacare—will make health coverage more affordable and easier to obtain for millions of American women. In each state, women will be able to choose a high quality plan that covers important health services like maternity care, prescription drugs, and preventive health services. These resources provide women and their families with information about the new health coverage options available through a Health Insurance Marketplace in their state.
Over three million low-income women in the United States fall into a coverage gap and are uninsured, regardless of the fact that they are eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).This gap is the direct result of 22 states’ failure to use federal money already set aside to expand health care coverage through Medicaid.
This report is an update of Mind the Gap: Women in Dire Need of Health Insurance, and demonstrates the risk the coverage gap poses to low-income women’s health by examining the dramatic differences in health care access and preventive services utilization between low-income women who will be stuck in this coverage gap—unless their state changes course—versus those who have access to coverage. This analysis finds that women in the coverage gap also experience a health care gap.
Given the importance of child care assistance, it is encouraging that families in thirty-three states were better off—having greater access to assistance and/or receiving greater benefits from assistance—in February 2014 than in February 2013 under one or more child care assistance policies covered in this report.
NWLC Files Comments with Department of Education on Proposed School Improvement Grants (SIG) Program Rule
The National Women's Law Center filed comments in response to the proposed rule published by the Department of Education on September 8, 2014, which would revise requirements for the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program, including an Early Learning Intervention Model as an option for struggling public schools.
This report provides a gender analysis of national and state poverty and income data for 2013, released by the Census Bureau in September 2014
With Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity, the National Women’s Law Center and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. shine a spotlight on the barriers that restrict and limit the educational opportunities of many African American girls, the impact of those barriers on the lives of African American girls and women, and the available interventions that present opportunities to fundamentally improve life outcomes for young African American women. This report — the result of a multi-year study — urges educators, school leaders, community leaders and members, advocates, policymakers, and philanthropic organizations to take action to advance the success of African American girls.
This report, from NWLC and American for Tax Fairness, summarizes 23 of the loopholes the tax reform plan proposed by Representative David Camp (R-MI), along with the Joint Committee on Taxation estimates of the revenue each would raise.