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Lisa Codispoti, Senior Counsel

Lisa Codispoti was Senior Counsel with the Health and Reproductive Rights Team, where she advocated on behalf of low-income women and families in the fight to achieve comprehensive, affordable health care. Before joining the Center, she worked with the Service Employees International Union for nearly 10 years; she also worked in private practice in Albany, N.Y., and for the New York State Assembly. She earned her law degree from Albany Law School, a Master of Public Administration from SUNY Albany and a bachelor's degree from SUNY Cortland.

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Low-Wage Jobs Drove Women’s Employment Gains in July

Posted by Anne Morrison, Fellow | Posted on: August 07, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Today’s release of July’s jobs data shows that women added 115,000 jobs in July, accounting for 54 percent of all job gains. But our analysis reveals a troubling fact: almost four in ten of the jobs added by women were in low-wage sectors. In fact, two-thirds of the low-wage jobs added in July went to women.

The economy added 215,000 jobs in July. 66,000 jobs were added in the low-wage sectors of leisure & hospitality and retail – 64 percent of them (42,000) went to women. These low-wage job gains made up 37 percent of all women’s job gains in July, even though these sectors make up just 23 percent of all women’s jobs. On the other hand, men added 23,900 jobs in these low-wage sectors, accounting for 24 percent of their July job gains. These sectors make up 21 percent of all men’s jobs.


Black Women Have to Work 19 Months to Make What White Men Did in a Year

African American women who work full time, year round are typically paid $19,399 less per year than their white male counterparts. This means African American women have to work nearly 19 months — until almost the end of July — to make as much as white men did in the previous year alone. That makes today African American women's equal pay day — the day that African American women are finally catching up to white men's pay, 208 days into the year.

Here are four key facts you need to know:


Over Half a Million Public Sector Jobs Lost Since the Start of the Recovery and More Cuts on the Way

Posted by Anne Morrison, Fellow | Posted on: July 02, 2015 at 04:59 pm

Today’s release of June’s jobs data shows another month of solid private sector job growth and declining unemployment. Our analysis finds that two-thirds of the 223,000 jobs added last month went to women. Though we’re moving in the right direction, we’re not out of the woods yet.


Girls, Sports, and Equality: A State-by-State Ranking on Title IX

Public high schools across the country are not providing girls with their fair share of spots on sports teams—and today, on the 43rd anniversary of Title IX, we released a new analysis that shows every state is falling short. The analysis features an interactive map and a state-by-state ranking based on the percentage of high schools in each state and the District of Columbia that have large gender equity gaps in sports participation.*

Using the latest Department of Education Civil Rights Data Collection for the 2011-2012 school year we find that:


Low-Wage Sectors Overrepresented in May's Job Growth

Posted by Anne Morrison, Fellow | Posted on: June 05, 2015 at 04:30 pm

Today’s release of jobs data for May shows another month of strong job growth. Our analysis finds that women gained two-thirds of the jobs added in May. However, 43 percent of all the jobs added were in low-wage sectors that don’t pay enough to support a family. This month’s numbers prove that it’s past time for lawmakers to support the growing movement to raise the minimum wage.