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Unequal Pay Day for Black and Latina Women

Julie Ajinkya presents the basic facts about the deep pay inequality facing so many women of color in our economy today.

By Julie Ajinkya | Monday, April 16, 2012

The Gay and Transgender Wage Gap

Unequal pay for equal work suggests strong federal workplace protections are needed for gay and transgender workers, writes Crosby Burns.

By Crosby Burns | Monday, April 16, 2012

Gender Equality for Green Jobs Worldwide

Rebecca Lefton and Jorge Madrid, along with Lejla Sadiku, examine the opportunities to ensure that a booming new jobs sector institutes equal pay from the get go.

By Rebecca Lefton, Jorge Madrid, and Lejla Sadiku | Monday, April 16, 2012

10 Facts About Latino Women and Pay Inequity

Vanessa Cárdenas gives 10 facts on how Latinas still earn significantly less than men and their white, African American, and Asian counterparts.

By Vanessa Cárdenas | Monday, April 16, 2012

The New Breadwinners: 2010 Update

article icon Issue Brief Sarah Jane Glynn describes how women are now either breadwinners or co-breadwinners in most families.

By Sarah Jane Glynn | Monday, April 16, 2012

The Effects of Paid Family and Medical Leave on Employment Stability and Economic Security

book_alt2 icon Report Heather Boushey and Sarah Jane Glynn on how providing paid family and medical leave helps keep people employed.

By Heather Boushey and Sarah Jane Glynn | Thursday, April 12, 2012

Protecting Workers and Their Families with Paid Family Leave and Caregiving Credits

book_alt2 icon Report Ann O'Leary explains how updating Social Security can help the program meet its original goal of providing economic security to families as a whole.

By Ann O'Leary | Thursday, April 12, 2012

The ‘Man-covery’

Heather Boushey says we need to focus on jobs for women, who saw high losses during the recession in state and local government budget cuts.

By Heather Boushey | Friday, March 9, 2012

Interactive Map: Women Provide for Their Families

cursor icon Interactive Interactive map shows that over half of families in almost every state rely on a woman as the primary breadwinner or co-breadwinner.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Our Working Nation

book_alt2 icon Report Report from Heather Boushey and Ann O'Leary on how working women are reshaping America’s families and economy and what it means for policymakers.

By Heather Boushey and Ann O'Leary | Monday, March 8, 2010

Social Security Cares 101

article icon Issue Brief On the anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, Heather Boushey provides background on FMLA and outlines a strategy for providing paid family leave through Social Security.

By Heather Boushey | Friday, February 5, 2010

The Three Faces of Work-Family Conflict

book_alt2 icon Report The poor, the professionals, and the missing middle need policies that allow them to achieve the American Dream, write Heather Boushey and Joan C. Williams in this report.

By Joan C. Williams and Heather Boushey | Monday, January 25, 2010

The Shriver Report

book_alt2 icon Report Women as half of all workers changes everything, and is the key piece to understanding why we are in a transformational moment.

By Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress, edited by Heather Boushey and Ann O'Leary | Friday, October 16, 2009

Interactive Graphic: Women Still Primary Breadwinners

cursor icon Interactive Women are still the primary breadwinners, writes Heather Boushey, but they may begin to catch up to men's unemployment if job gains stall in the sectors that disproportionately employ them.

By Heather Boushey | Thursday, July 2, 2009

Helping Breadwinners When It Can’t Wait

book_alt2 icon Report Heather Boushey lays out a progressive program that would guarantee Americans access to paid family and medical leave, giving a boost to workers, employers, and the economy.

By Heather Boushey | Monday, June 8, 2009