Publications

Why Privatizing Government Services Would Hurt Women Workers

This Research in Brief summarizes key findings of the IWPR report 'Why Privatizing Government Services Would Hurt Women Workers by Annette Bernhardt and Laura Dresser (forthcoming). Using data from the 1998 Current Population Survey, Bernhardt and Dresser document job growth in the public and private sectors and examine the quality of jobs in terms of…

The Gender Gap in Pension Coverage: What Does the Future Hold?

This report documents pension coverage among male and female employees and examines voluntary and involuntary reasons why women and men do not participate in pension plans. The good news is that women are participating in pension plans in greater numbers, and, for women working full-time, near equality with men has been achieved. Part-time workers (who…

Today’s Women Workers: Shut Out of Yesterday’s Unemployment Insurance System

This Fact Sheet discusses two aspects of the UI system that prevent many women from receiving the UI benefits they have earned: (1) monetary eligibility criteria, and (2) the exclusion of part-time workers. It also reviews other barriers to UI receipt and policy changes that would extend support of this fundamental employment-based program to more…

Why Privatizing Social Security Would Hurt Women

Social Security reform is a women’s issue. Women make up 60 percent of Social Security beneficiaries, and they depend more heavily on Social Security than men do for their income in retirement. Half of the women aged 65 and older would be poor if not for Social Security. For 25 percent of elderly women who…

The Gender Gap in Pension Coverage: What Does the Future Hold?(Final Report)

This report documents pension coverage among male and female employees and examines voluntary and involuntary reasons why women and men do not participate in pension plans. The good news is that women are participating in pension plans in greater numbers, and, for women working full-time, near equality with men has been achieved. Part-time workers (who…

The Gender Gap in Pension Coverage: What Does the Future Hold?

This report documents pension coverage among male and female employees and examines voluntary and involuntary reasons why women and men do not participate in pension plans. The good news is that women are participating in pension plans in greater numbers and, for women working full-time, near equality with men has been achieved. Part-time workers (who…

Why Privatizing Social Security Would Hurt Women: A Response to the Cato Institute's Proposal for Individual Accounts

In a 1998 memorandum to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, the Cato Institute claimed that its proposals meet the National Council of Women’s Organizations’ (NCWO) “check list” for Social Security reform and hence deserve NCWO’s support. This fact sheet refutes this claim, drawing attention to four central problems with privatizing Social Security: increased risk,…