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The Status of Women in North Carolina: Poverty & Opportunity

In North Carolina and across the United States, women have made significant progress. Despite this, many women remain in poverty with limited access to a quality education, affordable health care services, and other supports that would give them economic security. This report looks at four indicators necessary for women’s economic success: (1) access to health insurance coverage, (2) educational attainment, (3) business ownership, and (4) poverty rates. These indicators are combined to create an index that ranks North Carolina against all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

By |2022-04-18T07:14:57-04:00March 2, 2022|Publications, Report|0 Comments

New IWPR Report on the Economic Impact of Equal Pay by State Shows Equal Pay Reduces Poverty for Working Women Across the Country in Every State

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 11, 2021 Contact: Erin Weber [...]

By |2021-05-11T08:01:44-04:00May 11, 2021|Press Releases|0 Comments

Widespread Decline in Household Income During COVID-19 Pandemic Contributes to Food Insufficiency Among Families

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the economic security and well-being of families. In addition to finding and sustaining employment, many families are struggling with food insufficiency, a direct consequence of lost earnings. Nationally, more than 37 million Americans, including more than 11 million children are food insecure.

A Woman-Centered Economic Agenda: 8 Policies that Boost the Economy and Work for Everyone

This fact sheet outlines eight key policy priorities that are critical for increasing women’s economic opportunities and securing their futures.

By |2021-10-28T13:49:14-04:00June 20, 2019|IWPR, Policy, Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Economy|Comments Off on A Woman-Centered Economic Agenda: 8 Policies that Boost the Economy and Work for Everyone

Basic Economic Security in the United States: How Much Income Do Working Adults Need in Each State?

To experience economic security, working adults must have enough income to meet their basic monthly expenses and save for emergencies and retirement. The Basic Economic Security Tables (BEST) Index provides a measure of how much income working adults of different family types need to be economically secure in each state.

By |2021-10-28T13:30:28-04:00October 11, 2018|Economic, Security, Mobility, and Equity|Comments Off on Basic Economic Security in the United States: How Much Income Do Working Adults Need in Each State?

The Economic Status of Women in the U.S. What Has Changed in the Last 20 – 40 Years

Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D. presents to the GAO.

By |2020-08-27T02:00:57-04:00March 29, 2018|Presentation, Status of Women|Comments Off on The Economic Status of Women in the U.S. What Has Changed in the Last 20 – 40 Years

The Economic Impact of Equal Pay by State

Persistent earnings inequality for working women translates into lower lifetime pay for women, less income for families, and higher rates of poverty across the United States. In each state in the country, women experience lower earnings and higher poverty rates than men.

Poverty, Gender, and Public Policies

Over the last few decades, women’s increased labor force participation, education, and earnings have helped many women attain economic security. Yet, a substantial number of women in the United States face economic hardship.

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