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Three generations of women

Administering Paid Family and Medical Leave

book_alt2 icon Report Policymakers have a number of options for how to administer an efficient and affordable national paid leave program that uses the best-proven elements of existing programs in the states and abroad.

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Laying the Groundwork for More Efficient Retirement Savings Incentives

book_alt2 icon Report Policymakers should pursue a number of steps at the federal and state levels to make existing savings incentives more effective and address the retirement crisis.

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Wisconsin, Unions, and the Middle Class

article icon Fact Sheet Wisconsin’s middle class is falling behind. Unions can help by raising wages and reducing the pay gap.


The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-November 2015 Jobs Release

Here are six charts on the economy six years after the Great Recession.

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Women and Families’ Economic Security in Iowa

article icon Issue Brief Women have been central to Iowa’s economic growth, and more must be done to support women’s labor force participation.

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The Inefficiencies of Existing Retirement Savings Incentives

article icon Issue Brief Middle-class Americans face a growing retirement crisis. Existing savings incentives have not been enough to address this problem because of a number of associated inefficiencies.

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Mitigating Risk to Maximize the Benefits of Employee Ownership

book_alt2 icon Report Addressing risk factors involved in employee ownership will ensure that more workers can benefit from its positive effects.

Living Without Protections

play_alt icon Video Thirty-one states lack comprehensive sexual orientation and gender identity legal protections, which puts lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, Americans who live in these states at risk.

Justin Trudeau Explains How Progressive Ideals Help the Middle Class

play_alt icon Video Two years ago, Canadian Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau joined the Center for American Progress to talk about the challenges facing the middle class and how to ensure opportunity for all.

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The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-October 2015 Jobs Release

bars icon Charts Here are six charts on the economy six years after the Great Recession.

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State Paid Leave Administration

book_alt2 icon Report This report outlines key considerations for states interested in developing paid family and medical leave programs.

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How Married Women’s Rising Earnings Have Reduced Inequality

Our currently unacceptable levels of inequality would be even higher were it not for married women’s rising earnings.

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To Fight Inequality, Support Women’s Work

book_alt2 icon Report Policies that give all women an equal shot at staying employed are essential tools in fighting income inequality.

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Fast Facts: Economic Security for North Carolina Families

article icon Fact Sheet The right policies can go a long way toward helping North Carolina women gain economic security.

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New Census Data Show that the Middle Class Is Not Recovering Fast Enough

Stagnant median household incomes show that policymakers must act to help the middle class.

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