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New Research

Check out WOW's new research report, Struggling to Get By: Economic Insecurity and LGBT Seniors in Massachusetts (2014). Click here to learn more.

WOW's new report, Living Below the Line: Economic Insecurity and America’s Families, finds that the US economic insecurity rate—the proportion of Americans who lack incomes that will provide economic security—was 44 percent in 2012, almost three times the national poverty rate. To learn more about the findings, listen to WOW's recent webinar featuring Amanda Andere President and CEO, WOW; Shawn McMahon, Vice President for Policy and Programs, WOW; and, Christine Jagerburger, Vice President - Community Impact, United Way of Monmouth County, NJ.

NPR Interview

Listen to WOW Senior Scholar, Mary Gatta’s interview on NPR with Brian Lehrer as she introduces her book All I Want Is A Job!Unemployed Women Navigating the Public Workforce System and talks about her "undercover" research as a client in a New Jersey career center. Dr. Gatta  also discusses her findings about the opportunities for women to find jobs with a living wage. Click here to listen to the interview.


Year of the Woman? 

WOW's new CEO and President, Amanda Andere, responds to the Senate's inactivity around the Paycheck Fairness Act. She shares her hope that the year of the woman can happen again and the role WOW can play in making that a reality. Check out her blog post here.

Paycheck Fairness Remains Critical to Women's Economic Security

In recognition of Equal Pay Day, WOW issued this statement, released a new fact sheet on the Paycheck Fairness Act and applauded the President for two new executive actions to fight pay discrimination.

Living Below the Line: Economic Insecurity and Older Americans

WOW's analysis finds that 50% of America's retired women are economically insecure.

More WOW News & Updates

Nearly Half of Americans Still Lack Economic Security in the Recovering Economy; $30K in Wages Needed to “Get By” for Single Childless Worker. Read more in WOW's report, Living Below the Line: Economic Insecurity and America’s Families, here. (10-28-14)

Wider Opportunities for Women Awarded US Department of Justice GrantWOW has received a three-year grant from the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to provide training and technical assistance to OVW grantees serving survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and stalking around the issues of safety, economic security and sustainability of employment. Read more here. (10-13-14)

WOW collaborated with Restaurant Opportunities Centers United's (ROC) on its groundbreaking report about sexual harassment in the restaurant industry. Click here to read the report, The Glass Floor: Sexual Harassment in the Restaurant Industry. (10-07-14)

WOW's 50th Anniversary Book Talk Series ended on October 7th in Washington, DC and on October 9th in Boston, MA. The Washington, DC event featured author Brigid O'Farrell and her book She Was One of Us: Eleanor Roosevelt and the American Worker. The series concluded in Boston, MA with WOW Senior Scholar Mary Gatta and a discussion about her new book, All I Want Is a Job! Unemployed Women Navigating the Public Workforce System. Guests at both receptions also had the opportunity to meet WOW's new CEO Amanda Andere and enjoy light refreshments.

The Economic Security for Survivors Project has released its newest resource, the Economic and Employment Advocacy Course. The free online course is divided into twelve 15-minute modules that provide advocates and case managers with the knowledge and tools to help survivors identify and access good jobs, recover and grow financially, and overcome common barriers to economic security. (09-01-14)

NEW LOCATION! Join WOW on August 26th in New York City for the second event of our 50th Anniversary Book Talk Series and commemoration of Women's Equality Day. The reception will feature WOW's new President and CEO Amanda Andere and Stanford University sociologist Dr. Marianne Cooper, who will discuss her new book, Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times. Click here for more information and here to RSVP.

WOW’s Senior Scholar, Mary Gatta book, All I Want Is A Job!: Unemployed Women Navigating the Public Workforce System was featured on the Brian Lehrer Show. Mary talks about her experience as an undercover waitress trying to navigate the One-Stop Career Centers and ways that our workforce development policy and programs can be improved to better meet the needs of all job seekers. 

WOW Hosted its Inaugural 50th Anniversary Book Event on June 10th in Washington, DC, WOW hosted the first event in our 50th Book Series and celebrated the launch of WOW's newest Women & Work project. Participants enjoyed a lively discussion with WOW Senior Scholar and author Dr. Mary Gatta as she introduced her new book, All I Want Is A Job! 

WOW and MAOA release new report on elder economic security: Living Below the Line: Economic Insecurity Among Massachusetts' Elders Report (2014) (04-07-14)

Modern Rosie the Riveter a Path to Women’s Higher Pay, Bloomberg (03-26-14)

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)

New Elder Report & Fact SheetsStruggling to Get By: Elder Economic Insecurity; A Snapshot of NJ
 
 
Elderly North Jerseyans wary of future, NorthJersey.com (12-08-13)
 
 

Office of Violence Against Women: Prosecutors Can Help Protect and Support Survivors’ Economic SecurityUS 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.

 

 

 

 

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