Huffington Post (09-17-13)--... Forty-five percent of Americans lack basic economic security, or the ability to pay for necessities like housing, utilities, food, health care, child care and transportation, according to a report released Monday by the nonprofit Wider Opportunities for Women. ...
“Record income inequality and a growing economic gap is making it harder and harder for women and families to get by in this economy, let alone ever get ahead,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said.
“It is time to change America’s workplace policies, and empower women with tools and opportunities to earn their way ahead in the economy, achieve economic security, and get families back on stable ground. That’s the key to a growing economy and a thriving middle class in America.”
WASHINGTON, DC (09-17-13) – While the federal government debates budget priorities and workers across the country protest low wages, a new report reveals that the nation’s “economic insecurity rate” is 45%—three times the 2012 poverty rate of 15% announced today by the US Census Bureau. The new report, published by Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), defines economic insecurity as the inability to afford basic needs such as decent housing, basic transportation and food, and finds millions of families are insecure even when household breadwinners are working full time.
According to the report, Living Below the Line: Economic Insecurity and America’s Families, while the poverty rate increased sharply in 2008 and has since remained largely unchanged, the overall insecurity rate has steadily increased, by seven percentage points ... .
Supporting the Long-term Unemployed, Training Women Workers, Raising Workers’ Wages and Providing More Workplace Flexibility is the Right Vision for Women in Our Economy
50% of America's Retired Women are Economically Insecure: New WOW Report
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity (09-03-13)--Four years after the end of the Great Recession,working families continue to struggle against stagnant incomes, high long-term unemployment, the growth of low-wage jobs, and misguided cuts to safety net programs. Our uneven economic recovery underlines the need for public policies that address these crises, and, due to gridlock and obstructionism in Congress, state governments represent the best opportunity to make needed policy changes....
To better inform the decisions of state lawmakers and advance policies that build economic security, Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) recently released the Economic Security Scorecard, a national report card that grades states on how well their policies promote the financial well-being of low- and moderate-income households. The scorecard looks at state policy choices that comprise the five basic elements of economic security: income, job quality, education and training, public supports, and savings and assets. ...
Does NJ need a higher minimum wage for restaurant workers? "Wider Opportunities for Women called for the change after releasing a study that found nine out of 10 restaurant servers at the Shore don’t make enough to pay for their basic needs." Asbury Park Press (02-13-14)
Pay gap between N.J. women and men grew in 2012, federal data shows, The Star-Ledger (01-15-14)
San Diego Mayoral Election: Use Elder Index to Determine Seniors' Economic Needs, San Diego Source (12-26-13)
Office of Violence Against Women: Prosecutors Can Help Protect and Support Survivors’ Economic Security, US Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women blog (11-21-13)
Innovative Projects Address Economic Impacts of Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence in Communities Nationwide, US Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women blog (11-18-13)
"Enough!" Says Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) in Congressional Briefing with WOW on Living Below the Line Report: Women and their Families Should Be Able to be Economically Secure throughout their Lives (11-14-13)
Additional coverage: Summary of news stories about Living Below the Line: Economic Insecurity and America's Families (Fall 2013, WOW)--Seeking a Poverty Measure for the Next 50 Years, The Wall Street Journal, Why is the Federal Poverty Line So Far Off? BillMoyers.com, Chart of the Day: 60 percent of single women can't afford basic needs, Feministing
You can't live on $7.25 an hour anywhere in America, MSN Money (07-19-13)
MA Creates Commission to Address its Elder Economic Security Gap—Largest in US—with Input from WOW (July 2013).
Coverage of WOW's Economic Security Scorecard includes: MSN Money, The Huffington Post, Think Progress, BillMoyers.com, 24/7 Wall St., UtahPolicy.com, Tulsa World, Sun Sentinel (FL), Des Moines Register, Dallas Morning News, Alabama Political Reporter, Albuquerque Business First.