RNC - WOMEN ARE BEING LEFT BEHIND IN THE OBAMA ECONOMY

The past few years under Barack Obama have been devastating for American women. Since Obama took office, the number of employed women has decreased by 683,000, and many more women have given up looking for work altogether. Even worse, the poverty rate among women has skyrocketed to the highest level in seventeen years. New Hampshire women and hardworking families cannot afford  any more broken promises from Obama, they need real solutions to reduce our deficit and get our country back on track.”  - Allie Brandenburger, RNC Spokesperson

 

Full RNC Research Brief: The Big Fail: Obama's Record On Women. Democrats Accuse Republicans Of Waging A War On Women, Hypocritically Ignoring The Facts. http://bit.ly/IDJQ8O

RNC Graphic: showing how Obama’s White House is a hostile workplace for women. http://bit.ly/I60Stj

 

WOMEN ARE BEING LEFT BEHIND IN THE OBAMA ECONOMY

The Unemployment Rate For Women Has Increased

Since Obama Took Office, The Unemployment Rate For Women Has Increased From 7.0 Percent To 8.1 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/9/12)

  • Since The Stimulus Was Passed, The Unemployment Rate For Women Has Increased From 7.3 Percent To 8.1 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/9/12)

Since Obama Took Office, The Number Of Female Employees Has Declined By 683,000. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/6/12)

While The Participation Rate Has Dropped

"As Former Department Of Labor Chief Economist Betsey Stevenson Noted On Twitter, Female Workers Accounted For The Entire Drop In Labor Force Participation." (Travis Waldron, "Women Account For Entire Drop In Labor Force Participation Last Month,"Think Progress, 4/6/12)

  • The Female Labor Force Participation Rate Fell In March From 57.9 Percent To 57.7 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/6/12)
  • The Number Of Women Not In The Labor Force In March Increased From 52.8 Million To 53.1 Million. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/6/12)

In March, While Male Participation In The Labor Force Increased By 14,000, Female Participation Fell By 177,000. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/6/12)

  • White Women Account For 136,000 Of The Workers Who Dropped Out Of The Labor Force In March. "The unemployment rate fell to a three-year low of 8.2% in March, but it wasn't because more Americans found jobs. Instead, thousands of people dropped out of the labor market. Who were those people? White women, mainly. Roughly 136,000 white women left the labor force in March. Their participation in the job market has been slowly dropping since mid 2009, and now it's at levels not seen since 1996." (Annalyn Censky, "Why Are White Women Dropping Our Of The Job Market?" CNN Money, 4/6/12)

 

The Amount Of Women Living In Poverty Has Skyrocketed

"The Poverty Rate Among Women Rose To 14.5 Percent Last Year, Up From 13.9 Percent In 2009-The Highest Rate In 17 Years." (Leslie Bennetts, "Women: The Invisible Poor," The Daily Beast, 9/14/11)

  • The Extreme Poverty Rate - Income Below Half Of Federal Poverty Line - Is The Highest Ever Recorded Among Women. "The 'extreme poverty rate' among women was the highest ever recorded, climbing to 6.3 percent in 2010 from 5.9 percent in 2009. 'Extreme poverty' means that your income is below half of the federal poverty line-and by 2010, more than 7.5 million women had fallen into that dire category." (Leslie Bennetts, "Women: The Invisible Poor," The Daily Beast, 9/14/11)

"The Majority Of Older Women In America Are Unable To Cover Their Basic Living Expenses, And The Percentage Of Those In Distress Is 50 Percent Higher Than That Of Men." "The majority of older women in America are unable to cover their basic living expenses, and the percentage of those in distress is 50 percent higher than that of men, according to a new analysis of U.S. Census Department data conducted by Wider Opportunities for Women, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on women and workforce issues." (Leslie Bennet, "Census Data Reveals Elder Women's Poverty Crisis," The Daily Beast, 3/28/12)

  • Three Of Five Women Over The Age Of 65 Can't Pay For Their Basic Daily Needs. "'Three out of five women over 65 have incomes that won't cover their most basic daily needs, whereas among men it's 40 percent,' says Donna Addkison, president and CEO of the organization.'" (Leslie Bennet, "Census Data Reveals Elder Women's Poverty Crisis," The Daily Beast, 3/28/12)
  • Donna Addkison Of Wider Opportunities For Women: "Older Women Are At Much Greater Risk Of Economic Insecurity Than Older Men." (Leslie Bennet, "Census Data Reveals Elder Women's Poverty Crisis," The Daily Beast, 3/28/12)

In 2010, 17 Million Women Lived In Poverty, Compared To 12.6 Million Men. "What all those statistics add up to is that more than 17 million women were living in poverty last year, compared with 12.6 million men. As usual, things were worse for older women; twice as many women over 65 were living in poverty, compared with men." (Leslie Bennetts, "Women: The Invisible Poor," The Daily Beast , 9/14/11)

  • The Poverty Rate Is 25.6 Percent For Black Women And 25 Percent For Hispanic Women. "And those numbers just represented the population-wide average. For Hispanic and black women, the poverty rate increased even faster and rose higher-to 25 percent for Hispanic women and to 25.6 percent for black women." (Leslie Bennetts, "Women: The Invisible Poor," The Daily Beast, 9/14/11)
  • More Than 40 Percent Of Single Mothers Live In Poverty. "As usual, single mothers are having the hardest time of all. More than 40 percent of women who head families are now living in poverty. With more than half of poor children living in female-headed families in 2010, the child poverty rate jumped to 22 percent." (Leslie Bennetts, "Women: The Invisible Poor," The Daily Beast, 9/14/11)