Because of employment discrimination, caregiving responsibilities, and other factors, women are over-represented in low-wage jobs and are at greater risk of poverty than men throughout their lives ― which means that families depending on women’s earnings are at risk, too.

Data on Poverty & Income

Year after year, data show that men typically make more than women — and women are more likely to live in poverty. Single mothers, women of color, and elderly women living alone are at particularly high

Income Security

Women face employment discrimination, overrepresentation in poorly paid jobs, difficulty accessing affordable and comprehensive health care, and greater responsibilities for unpaid caregiving. Women also face a gender wage gap, which is even wider for women of

Job Quality

Nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers in the United States are women, holding jobs such as child care workers, restaurant servers, maids and cashiers, but the minimum wage falls far short of what it takes to

Tax & Budget

Our budgets–and how we raise the revenues to support them--reveal our priorities. NWLC fights for a budget that centers and invests in women–particularly women of color and women with low incomes--and for a fair, progressive tax
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