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Economic Issues for Women Texas

Economic Issues for Women in Texas examines the economic status of women as well as the critical blocks necessary for women to achieve Eco Issues Report 2014economic security. The study looks at policies and practices at the state level, and identifies areas of opportunity where innovation and investment can help women and their families move from surviving to thriving. 

“In Texas, 30 percent of all households are female-headed, yet 53 percent of all households living in poverty are female-headed. Even women who are living above the poverty line in Texas face significant challenges to achieving economic security – from low-paying jobs, the high cost of child care, the lack of insurance benefits or the high costs of housing,” explains Roslyn Dawson Thompson, president and CEO of Dallas Women’s Foundation and Texas Women’s Foundation. “We know that when you invest in a woman, there is a powerful ripple effect that benefits her family and community. Simply put, increasing women’s economic security makes financially secure families and communities – and that makes for a stronger Texas economy. Our goal is that this study will create a common understanding of the issues Texas women face, help us gain a common language about the challenges and opportunities ahead, and lead all of us – community leaders, elected and appointed officials, nonprofit organizations, donors and partners – to find common solutions to improve economic security for Texas women.”

Report Receives Global Award

Economic Issues for Women in Texas received the Community Indicators Consortium's 2015 Impact Award for using data to engage diverse audiences around the issue of women's economic security. Economic Security Director, Lauren Blitzer, accepted the global award on November 10, 2015, and participated in a panel sharing the vision and goals for the research and ways collaboration between statewide and local organizations can increase community impact to achieve a common understanding of what is necessary for women to move from surviving to thriving. 


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