Few new mothers get paid maternity leave. Those who take unpaid leave often go deep into debt to make ends meet.
Twelve red states account for 70 percent of all state and local public sector jobs lost since 2010.
Women dominate growing sectors like retail and home healthcare—but the jobs there are grueling and the wages are low.
Topeka, Kansas, decriminalized domestic violence to save money. It’s not the only city to cut services to survivors of abuse, just as the need escalates.
As domestic workers win state-level struggles for workplace protections, their employers—many of them middle-class families—get stuck with the bill, while the government gets off scot-free.
Credit card companies have targeted women for some of their worst deals. But as consumer advocates start policing the industry, some women risk seeing access to credit dry up.
Traditionally female-heavy industries—once thought to be recession-proof—are being hit hard by the “tough choices” made by governors facing depleted state coffers.