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Katherine Gallagher Robbins, Senior Policy Analyst

Katherine Gallagher Robbins

Katherine Gallagher Robbins is a Senior Policy Analyst for Family Economic Security at the National Women’s Law Center where she examines how tax and budget policies influence the financial stability and security of low-income women and families.  Before joining the Center in 2010, Ms. Gallagher Robbins worked as an organizer for the California Public Interest Research Group at the University of California, San Diego. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a graduate of the College of William and Mary.

My Take

Low-Wage Jobs Disproportionately Filled by Women and Long-Term Unemployment Remains Painfully High in November

Posted by Katherine Gallagher Robbins, Senior Policy Analyst | Posted on: December 06, 2013 at 01:54 pm

Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics released data on unemployment and job growth for November. Here are the key take away points from NWLC’s analysis:

 Despite a month of strong growth, low-wage jobs were disproportionately filled by women:

  • In November, women’s strongest job gains were in education and health (+39,000), professional and business services (which includes the low-wage temporary help services sector) (+17,000), and retail (+15,600).
  • Men’s strongest job gains were in transportation and warehousing (+26,700), professional and business (+18,000), and manufacturing (+17,000).
  • In November, 24 percent of women’s job gains were in the low-wage sectors of retail and leisure & hospitality. Only 15 percent of men’s gains came in these two sectors. (Gender data on the temporary help services sector are not yet available for November).


Five Things to Know About Women of Color and the Gender Wage Gap in the States

Posted by | Posted on: November 15, 2013 at 10:57 am

This week the Census released new state data that we used to look at the gender wage gap in earnings for African-American and Hispanic women working full time, year round as compared to white, non-Hispanic men in all 50 states and D.C.

Here are the top 5 things you need to know:

  1. Washington, D.C.’s gender wage gap is the smallest in the nation – but the wage gaps for Hispanic and African-American women in D.C. rank among the ten worst in the country.
  2. Based on these wage gaps, the difference in lifetime earnings between African-American women and white, non-Hispanic men over a 40-year career would be more than $1 million in five states and D.C. For Hispanic women, it would be more than $1 million in 21 states and D.C.

10 Reasons it’s Great that President Obama Supports a $10.10 Minimum Wage

Posted by Katherine Gallagher Robbins, Senior Policy Analyst | Posted on: November 08, 2013 at 02:31 pm

It’s official.  President Obama, who has long supported a minimum wage increase, has come out in support of Senator Harkin’s (D-IA) and Representative Miller’s (D-CA) Fair Minimum Wage Act

Here are 10 reasons this great news for women and families:

  1. Women represent nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers.
  2. Women of color are disproportionately represented among female minimum wage workers.
  3. One in four working mothers would get a raise if the minimum wage were increased to $10.10 per hour.

10 Vital Programs that Cost Less in a Year than Shutting Down the Government Has Cost Taxpayers So Far

Posted by Katherine Gallagher Robbins, Senior Policy Analyst | Posted on: October 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm

The National Priorities Project reports that shutting down the government costs about $6.667 million per hour.

How does this compare to the annual budgets for programs that are vital to women and families?


Poverty and the Wage Gap Both Hurt Women and Families

56 percent of poor children live in families headed by women.

Census Bureau data released yesterday show that women continue to experience high rates of poverty and a nasty wage gap.

In 2012, the poverty rate for women was 14.5 percent, substantially higher than men’s rate of 11 percent. Nearly 17.8 million women lived in poverty last year.

Poverty rates were particularly high for families headed by single mothers – more than four in ten (40.9 percent) were poor. More than half (56.1 percent) of poor children lived in female-headed families in 2012.

The poverty rates for other vulnerable groups of women were also high: black women (25.1 percent), Hispanic women (24.8 percent), and women 65 and older living alone (18.9 percent).

The wage gap figures also paint a bleak picture for many women.

The cold hard facts are that women working full time, year round continue to be paid only 77 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts, and the numbers are far worse for women of color, at 64 cents for black women and 54 cents for Hispanic women.

With women as primary breadwinners in over 40% of families today, women and their families simply cannot afford to make do with less.