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Economic Security

A Look Back at Where Pay Equity Has Been and Where It's Going

Catherine Hill | Posted 03.24.2015 | Women
Catherine Hill

When it comes to reaching pay equity, the pace of change is glacial. Just how long will it take until we see equal pay? At this rate, it could be more than 100 years.

Election 2014: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Lisa Maatz | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Lisa Maatz

The midterm election results produced some good, bad and truly ugly news for women and families. For better or for worse, women voters (and the women who stayed home) were instrumental in all three outcomes.

10 Things That Will Make You Really Want to Go to College

Alexandra Rice | Posted 12.10.2014 | College
Alexandra Rice

Americans collectively have more than $1.2 trillion in student loan debt, an amount that may cause prospective students to wonder whether college is worth the cost.

The CrossFit Case for Equal Pay

Nikole Collins-Puri | Posted 10.01.2014 | Women
Nikole Collins-Puri

If one of the fastest growing sports in America can apply the concept of equal pay for equal effort, we should be able to do the same in the world of work.

Reinvest in California Seniors to Boost Local Economies

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 08.11.2014 | Los Angeles
Henry A. J. Ramos

More than 68 percent of Californians say that poverty is a critical issue for the state to address, and majority support restoring the social safety net.

Civil Rights Leaders, Past and Present, Agree: Americans Deserve Better Wages

Wade Henderson, Esq. | Posted 06.28.2014 | Black Voices
Wade Henderson, Esq.

The facts are clear. Raising the wage is a popular idea with bipartisan support that would help to lift working families out of poverty and expand the economy for everyone.

7 Things to Know This Equal Pay Day

Linda Hallman | Posted 06.07.2014 | Women
Linda Hallman

At the state and local levels, mayors and governors across the nation are issuing Equal Pay Day proclamations. It's encouraging to see that more people are paying attention to this issue. After all, we do want a world in which our daughters and sons are paid fairly. Agreed?

How Does Race Affect the Gender Wage Ga

Catherine Hill | Posted 06.04.2014 | Women
Catherine Hill

Race and ethnicity have always created a dividing line in the United States, and it's no different with the gender pay gap.

Medical Research: Don't Let This Pillar of National Pride Crumble

Claire Pomeroy | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Claire Pomeroy

Americans believe medical research is important for reducing healthcare costs and feel the current spending on biomedical research is insufficient. The message is clear, yet America's voices are not being heard in the budget deficit reduction debate.

Jillian Berman

Report: Americans Are Struggling Due To Ineffective State Governments | Jillian Berman | Posted 05.21.2013 | Business

In every U.S. state, Americans are struggling to get by in large part because their state governments aren’t doing enough to ensure they have a liva...

African Americans Chained by President Obama's CPI Proposal

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 06.11.2013 | Black Voices
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

During the last election cycle Al Sharpton said, "It's not about Obama, it's about your momma." Now that the administration has released its 2014 budget, which includes cuts to both Social Security and Medicare, African Americans must now face the bitter reality that it's literally about Obama and our mommas.

The Romney-Ryan Budget: A Sketchy Plan that Makes Social Security Less Secure

Terry O'Neill | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Most of us women may not have access to their billions of dollars, but we can and must use our votes to let them know: Social Security is ours, and we will continue to protect it for generations to come.

Economic Security Can Combat Domestic Violence

K. Sujata | Posted 12.18.2012 | Chicago
K. Sujata

We have the power to create systemic change in domestic violence if we empower women with the opportunities to have viable and long-lasting economic security.

What About Women?

Anika Rahman | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics
Anika Rahman

It seemed women were finally taking a stand and declaring their indignation. How ironic, then, that both President Obama and Gov. Romney ignored such a key constituency in the first presidential debate.

Bricks and Mortar Not a Requisite for Mission

K. Sujata | Posted 11.13.2012 | Chicago
K. Sujata

With the countless organizations having to shut their doors, every nonprofit leader must ask themselves: does my innovation truly require its own infrastructure?

President Bill Clinton Is Right: Medicaid Matters

Ethan Rome | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Ethan Rome

In Charlotte, the Democrats rightly celebrated the President's signature achievement and made clear they're going to run hard on it. Paul Ryan has said bring on this debate, so it's game on. Thanks to President Clinton, that debate now must include Medicaid.

The Romney-Ryan Budget: Turning Medicare Into a Boon for the Insurance Industry and a Bust for Seniors

Terry O'Neill | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Converting Medicare to a privatized voucher system is a key element of the Romney-Ryan scheme: take health care coverage for retirees out of the hands of the U.S. government, where it has worked comparatively well, and shift it to the private market, which has proven to be a high-cost failure.

10 States With The Worst Economic Security

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 06.22.2012 | Business

Economic insecurity is on the rise. One-fifth of all Americans saw at least a 25 percent drop in income year-over-year between 2008 and 2010 and we...

Economic Security Is National Security

Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld | Posted 07.21.2012 | Politics
Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld

It sounds easy to throw money at the Pentagon and buy more security. But we all know that's not how security works -- it's like investing tens of thousands in a terrific alarm system for your house, then leaving your windows open.

Connecticut Workers Welcome Paid Sick Days

Ellen Bravo | Posted 03.05.2012 | Business
Ellen Bravo

As of January 1, hundreds of thousands of Connecticut workers will begin to earn paid sick time under a new statewide paid sick days law -- the first in the nation.

Nearly Half Of All Households Lack Basic Economic Security

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.22.2011 | Business

There are certain basic costs that every household runs up -- food costs, medical expenses, utility bills. And almost half of all Americans are in dan...

Open Letter to Mayor Emanuel on Maternity Leave

K. Sujata | Posted 09.13.2011 | Chicago
K. Sujata

Dear Mayor Emanuel: Yesterday's news that you plan to institute paid maternity leave for city employees moves our city firmly in the right direction.

Defining Economic Security For American Families

Posted 06.14.2011 | Impact

What does it take to have economic stability in America? That was the question posed by the organization Wider Opportunities for Women, which recentl...

Strong Social Security Is Central to the Latino Community's Future

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hector E. Sanchez

There is overwhelming support among the majority of Americans for strengthening Social Security. Latinos, in particular, understand the importance of such action.

Low Credit Scores Challenge Recovery in Illinois Communities of Color, but All Is Not Lost

Dory Rand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dory Rand

Over half of the people in Illinois' predominantly African-American communities likely would not qualify for low-cost, prime credit. What does this mean for these neighborhoods' chances for revitalization?