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ADVISORY: The Economic Security of Unmarried Women

Addressing Policies Before the 111th Congress

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Contact: Madeline Meth
Phone: 202.741.6277

Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Please RSVP to Jason Rahlan at

Keynote Speaker:

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3)

Featured Speakers:

Page Gardner, Founder and President, Women’s Voices. Women Vote; coauthor, "Advancing the Economic Security of Unmarried Women: Overview of Laws and Legislation in the 111th Congress"

Avis Jones-DeWeever, Director, Research, Public Policy, and Information Center for African-American Women, National Council of Negro Women

Moderated by:

Heather Boushey, Senior Economist, Center for American Progress

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today nearly half of American women are unmarried. More than ever, women are the sole supporters of themselves and their families. Yet they are more economically insecure than other groups, experiencing higher rates of poverty, unemployment, and a lack of health insurance. Unmarried women face gender-based discrimination, low-wage jobs that do not offer adequate income or benefits, an uneven burden of caregiving, and outdated policies that too often do not apply to modern families.

It is crucial that policymakers understand the changing demographics of those who live in America and the particular economic challenges faced by unmarrieds. Particular attention needs to be paid to unmarried women. Public policy must catch up to today’s America and ensure that the promise of America is available to all.

Join us for a discussion of a new report by the Center for American Progress and Women’s Voices. Women Vote outlining relevant legislation in the current Congress that will advance the economic security of all Americans, focusing on unmarried women. The report sets out a comprehensive economic security agenda focusing on jobs and the workplace, single mothers, housing, health care, personal finances, and retirement.

A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

Center for American Progress 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor Washington, DC 20005 Map & Directions

Nearest Metro: Blue/Orange Line to McPherson Square or Red Line to Metro Center

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