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Essex County Commission on the Status of Women: Annual Report (June 2012)
Annual Report from the Essex County Commission on the Status of Women highlighting the Commission’s Goals and Accomplishments, Findings and Conclusions on the Needs of Women in Essex County. The Annual Report was submitted to the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women to be included in a report on the status of women’s needs in Massachusetts for the Governor, Senate President, Speaker of the House, and the Caucus of Women Legislators. READ THE REPORT
The New Gender Gap in the Economic Recovery: A New Report from Pew Research
Pew Research Center Report
Released: July 6, 2011
Two Years of Economic Recovery: Women Lose Jobs, Men Find Them
The sluggish recovery from the Great Recession has been better for men than for women. From the end of the recession in June 2009 through May 2011, men gained 768,000 jobs and lowered their unemployment rate by 1.1 percentage points to 9.5%. Women, by contrast, lost 218,000 jobs during the same period, and their unemployment rate increased by 0.2 percentage points to 8.5%, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data…
Read more http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2011/07/06/two-years-of-economic-recovery-women-lose-jobs-men-find-them/
Women in the Down Economy: Impacts of the Recession and the Stimulus in Massachusetts A Policy Brief from the Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy, the Center for Social Policy, and the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women
Read the report http://www.umb.edu/editor_uploads/images/centers_institutes/center_women_politics/CWPPPWomenDownEconomyBrief.pdf
Report: Accelerating Change for Women and Girls: The Role of Women’s Funds
In recent years, interest in philanthropy for and by women has intensified, accompanied by a growing acceptance of the idea that philanthropic investments in women and girls can accelerate positive change in communities. To understand this evolution in thinking and practice within philanthropy, the Foundation Center partnered with the Women’s Funding Network, a global movement of women’s funds, to chart the current landscape of philanthropy focused on women and girls and document the specific role of women played by women’s funds...
Read highlights of the report http://www.womensfundingnetwork.org/resource/report/accelerating-change-for-women-and-girls-the-role-of-womens-funds
Study IDs Differences in Giving by Wealthy Men and Women
High net worth individuals have a high level of confidence in nonprofits to solve societal and global problems, with women reporting a higher level of confidence across all societal institutions to solve domestic or global problems than men, according to a recently completed study...
Read highlights of the study http://www.massnonprofit.org/news.php?artid=2662&catid=13
Essays: Funding Serious Change
Twenty three women write about their motivations and their path to becoming major philanthropists to benefit women.
Read the essays http://www.womensenews.org/story/funding-serious-change/090617/funding-serious-change-womens-lives
Women in Philanthropy, by Betsy Brill, Forbes.com
While the relationship between women and philanthropy has always been a strong one, it has not necessarily been highly visible. This has begun to change, and women’s influence on the practice of philanthropy cannot be ignored…
Read more http://www.forbes.com/2009/08/18/brill-women-philanthropy-intelligent-investing-wealth.html
Interactive Map: The Persistent Career Wage Gap
Roll your mouse over a map of the states to see information about the wage gap between men and women by education and profession.
See map http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2010/04/gender_wage_gap.html
The Shriver Report: A Women’s Nation Changes Everything
By Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress, Edited by Heather Boushey and Ann O’Leary, October 16, 2009
This report describes how a women’s nation changes everything about how we live and work today. Now for the first time in our nation’s history, women are half of all U.S. workers and mothers are the primary breadwinners or co-breadwinners in nearly two-thirds of American families. This is a dramatic shift from just a generation ago. It changes how women spend their days and has a ripple effect that reverberates throughout our nation. It fundamentally changes how we all work and live, not just women but also their families, their co-workers, their bosses, their faith institutions, and their communities…
Read the Executive Summery and Report http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/10/womans_nation.html