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Listening to Workers: Child Care Challenges in Low-Wage Jobs

June 20, 2014

This report examines the nexus between difficult working conditions in low-wage jobs and the challenges of obtaining high-quality, affordable, stable child care. 

Women in Construction: Still Breaking Ground

June 11, 2014

The share of women in the construction industry has remained shockingly low—under 3 percent—for decades, due in large part to the discrimination that blocks women from entering and staying in the field.  Sexual harassment and hostility, lack of mentors, and stereotyped assumptions about women’s capabilities all contribute to the problem.  Unequal access to construction jobs in turn negatively affects women’s income, as traditionally male fields pay higher wages and have a lower wage gap than those dominated by women.  More must be done to reverse this trend in construction, and the growth of women’s participation in similar nontraditional fields shows that it is possible.  This report, Women in Construction:Still Breaking Ground, delves into the data on women in construction, examines the roadblocks they face, and offers practical recommendations to increase women’s opportunities to high-paying construction careers.

New Benefits for Breastfeeding Moms: Facts and Tools to Understand Your Coverage under the Health Care Law

May 08, 2014

This toolkit is designed for women, advocates, community-based organizations and health care providers to provide information on the coverage of breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling in the health care law and offer tools to use women encounter problems with this coverage. We have also provided detailed instructions on how to call insurance companies and how to file an appeal if the plan denies coverage. The toolkit includes draft appeal letters tailored to commonly encountered scenarios.

A Good Starting Point: 23 Options from Rep. Dave Camp for Closing Tax Loopholes

May 06, 2014

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.

Getting the Coverage You Deserve: What to Do If You Are Charged a Co-Payment, De

Getting the Coverage You Deserve: What to Do If You Are Charged a Co-Payment, Deductible, or Co-Insurance for a Preventive Service

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.


Reality Check: Seventeen Million Reasons Low-Wage Workers Need Strong Protections From Harassment

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.

President Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget: Key Provisions for Women and Their Families

March 28, 2014

This report summarizes the provisions with the largest impact on women and families in the President's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget.

Mind the Gap: Low-Income Women in Dire Need of Health Insurance Report Summary

January 22, 2014

This is a summary of “Mind the Gap”, which 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.  More specifically, this analysis of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data from 2012 finds that women in the coverage gap also experience a health care gap. In general, low-income women without health insurance are significantly less likely to access basic health care services on a regular basis and are less likely to use important preventive services than women who have similarly low incomes but who are covered by public or private health insurance. 

Mind the Gap: Women in Dire Need of Health Insurance

Mind the Gap: Women in Dire Need of Health Insurance

January 22, 2014

This report 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. More specifically, this analysis of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data from 2012 finds that women in the coverage gap also experience a health care gap. In general, low-income women without health insurance are significantly less likely to access basic health care services on a regular basis and are less likely to use important preventive services than women who have similarly low incomes but who are covered by public or private health insurance.

Toolkit for Advocates

November 12, 2013

The toolkit for advocates includes outreach tips and tools to help families claim valuable tax credits.