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Toolkit for Advocates

October 22, 2014

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

Turning the Corner: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2014

October 22, 2014

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

October 09, 2014

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.

Insecure & Unequal: Poverty and Income Among Women and Families 2000-2013

September 29, 2014

This report provides a gender analysis of national and state poverty and income data for 2013, released by the Census Bureau in September 2014

Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity

September 19, 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.

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

August 11, 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.

Strong Start for Children Election Toolkit

August 01, 2014

It’s critical for federal candidates to hear that early learning is an important issue to their electorate during this election season. This toolkit provides the resources advocates and community leaders need to get and keep early learning on the table during an election year.

Underpaid & Overloaded: Women in Low-Wage Jobs

July 30, 2014

Over the past four decades, women’s work experience and educational attainment have increased dramatically.  Although women have better credentials than ever before, the job and income prospects for many are bleak. Women make up two-thirds of the nearly 20 million workers in low-wage jobs—defined in this report as jobs that typically pay $10.10 per hour or less—although they make up slightly less than half of the workforce as a whole. 

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.