Publications

Social Security: The Largest Source of Income for Both Men and Women in Retirement

This briefing paper examines major sources of income for older Americans-earnings, Social Security, pensions and assets- by gender and marital status. It shows that during retirement, social security is the most common and the largest source of income for both women and men. Approximately 90 percent of women and men 65 and older receive income…

Women's Work Supports, Job Retention, and Job Mobility: Child Care and Employer Provided Health Insurance Help Women Stay on Jobs

This research in brief presents selected findings from IWPR's report "Work Supports, Job Retention, and Job Mobility Among Low-Income Mothers" by Dr. Sunhwa Lee. The findings indicate that low-income mothers have a high rate of job-turnover compared with higher-income mothers. Yet, low-income mothers who have health insurance coverage from their employers are significantly more likely…

The Impact of Disabilities on Mothers’ Work Participation: Examining Differences between Single and Married Mothers

This study examines the prevalence of disabilities among mothers and children and analyzes how these disabilities influence mothers’ work participation. Our analyses focus on differences between single and married mothers. We also consider the effect of social support coming from family configurations and living arrangements by including the age structures of children with and without…

Disabilities among Children and Mothers in Low-Income Families

This Research-in-Brief presents selected findings from an IWPR analysis examining disabilities among children and mothers in low-income families. The findings indicate that single mothers receiving TANF are more likely than other low-income mothers to have a child with a disability. Furthermore, they themselves are more likely to have a disability. Nearly half of single-mothers receiving…

Working First But Working Poor: The Need for Education & Training Following Welfare Reform

This report presents findings of an exploratory study about job training for low-income people, particularly women leaving welfare. Data are from in-depth structured interviews conducted from November 1999 to July 2000 with 67 welfare case managers, vocational counselors, job training administrators, and job training instructors in seven cities nationwide. The report also discusses results from…