Publications

Child Care Subsidies Promote Mothers’ Employment and Children’s Development

In the current debate over welfare reauthorization, the importance of child care assistance for low-income and working families cannot be overstated. This briefing paper explores the current status of government child care assistance, reviews research on the connections between child care assistance, mothers’ labor force participation, and children’s development, and offers policy recommendations for improving…

The Status of Women in the States

During the 20th century, women made significant economic, political, and social advances, but they are still far from enjoying gender equality. Throughout the United States, women earn less than men, are seriously underrepresented in political office, and make up a disproportionate share of people in poverty. Even in areas where there have been significant advances…

Women's Economic Status in the States: Wide Disparities by Race, Ethnicity, and Region

Women’s earnings, the female/male earnings ratio, the occupation and industries in which women work, women’s business ownership, and women’s poverty are all important aspects of women’s economic status. Although women have made gains in all these areas in past decades, they still earn less, are less likely to own a business, and are more likely…

Assessing the Status of Women at the County Level: A Manual for Researchers and Advocates

This manual provides instructions for analyzing the status of women at the county level. The manual allows advocates, researchers, and others within each state to assess women’s status at the local level, rank counties, and make cross-county comparisons, by ranking and grading each county on a set of indicators. Such analyses can be conducted for…

The Status of Women in Your County: A Community Research Tool

This tool is a joint project of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and the James A. & Faith Knight Foundation, to build capacity among community groups to assess and track the status of women in their regions. The tool provides instructions for finding information on the status of women in your county. County-level indicators…