Economic Issues for Women in Texas
Read the fourth edition of the study in response to the massive impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic downturn on Texas women and families. We are still focused on the four pillars of financial security – child care, housing, education and health insurance – but you will also see some new components around digital access, cost of caregiving on women staying, or leaving, the workforce, and of course, eviction. This study also highlights some specific policy issues that we hope you will join us in advancing in the 2023 Texas Legislative session by joining our Army of Advocates.
Women and girls – across all ages, ethnicities, incomes and geographies – face similar challenges related to:
- Education, employment and leadership opportunities
- Health care, including mental health services
- Child care
- Personal safety
Targeted, Timely Gender Matters® Research
Texas Women’s Foundation is a transformational catalyst for social and economic change. We produce groundbreaking research on issues that affect women and girls statewide and demonstrate the fundamental benefits of women’s equality and leadership to our economy and future – including our signature series of targeted, timely GENDER MATTERS® Research, produced by Texas Women’s Foundation, to focus on key issues.
Our research explores the gendered reality in our state, and informs our strategic investments in advancing economic security of women and girls and their families, and opportunities for women and girls to lead in every sector.
We have strong statewide relationships with women’s funds and related organizations through co-convenings for presentations of our research. We are valued for providing a credible, objective, collaborative knowledge resource to help donors, grantees, lawmakers and community leaders come together around a common understanding of the issues, and raise our collective voice for women, girls and their families. Our partners across the state represent many communities and regions, including:
- Economic Issues for Women in Texas 2014: Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, McAllen, San Antonio, Tyler
- Economic Issues for Women in Texas 2017: Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, Houston
- Economic Issues for Women in Texas 2020
- Economic Issues for Women in Texas 2022
- Status of Women in Texas and Status of Women in Collin, Dallas, Denton & Tarrant Counties 2018: Frisco, Dallas, Fort Worth, statewide media webinar
FINANCIAL COACHING FOR WOMEN
IN THE PAST 10 YEARS, FINANCIAL COACHING HAS EMERGED AS A BEST PRACTICE IN HELPING LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS TO ACHIEVE GREATER FINANCIAL SECURITY.
Financial coaching and other financial security interventions, such as financial counseling or case management, strive to help clients reach similar financial goals; but financial coaching is unique in several ways. First, financial coaching aims to be client-driven, thus requiring a significant degree of client empowerment. Second, financial coaching supports the development of broad behavioral changes in clients’ lives rather than more narrowly defined, explicitly financial targets. Third, financial coaching’s success has often been attributed to the content of the client-coach relationship, which is built upon mutual trust and accountability. Finally, financial coaching builds connections between emotional/psychological aspects of goal achievement and financial knowledge.
Many of these unique features of financial coaching that are often viewed as key to its success, are impacted by domains over which men and women have different outcomes or behaviors. Financial coaching should be tailored to build upon gender specific strengths as a foundation upon which to tackle gender specific challenges.
NATIONAL RESEARCH STUDIES ON WOMEN AND WEALTH
Texas Women’s Foundation is proud to provide lead support for “Women and Wealth”, a series of five research briefs designed to explore how the gender wealth gap impacts women throughout their life cycle.
The series includes strategies and policies the philanthropic community can use to support women to build assets and increase financial capability. The series, published by Asset Funder’s Network, includes the opening piece, “Women and Wealth” ultimately followed by four additional reports on the “sandwich generation”, Millennial women, elder women and women as small business owners.
Each brief leverages existing findings with new insights to identify the causes and impacts of the wealth gap on a specific sub-target group of women, while recommending specific strategies relevant to their life course.
Texas Women’s Foundation supports amplifying a wide variety of resources. The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the text belong solely to the authors, and not necessarily of Texas Women’s Foundation.
STATUS OF WOMEN IN TEXAS 2018
Real progress for women and girls will come when we create equitable opportunities to strengthen their economic security so they can build stronger families and better communities for all.
The Economic Status of Texas Women, 2018, 2019 are studies produced by Texas Women’s Foundation with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.
The studies provide comprehensive insights into trends and the progress of women in employment, earnings, health insurance, education, poverty and leadership opportunity.
Key findings in the 2018 report conclude that despite some positive trends, Texas still needs improvement:
- Texas women will not achieve equal pay until 2049.
- Women in Texas ages 16 and older who work full-time have median annual earnings of $37,400, or 79.6 cents on the dollar compared with men.
- If Texas women were paid the same as men, their average annual earnings would increase by $7,300 and their poverty rate would be reduced by 51 percent.
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ECONOMIC ISSUES FOR WOMEN
Strong women help to make a better world. Our research provides corporations, community partners, local officials and non-profit organizations with authoritative information to help solve women’s economic issues in the community and across the state
Economic Issues for Women is a study published every three years by Texas Women’s Foundation with the Center for Public Policy Priorities. It looks at policies and practices and the state level, and identifies areas of opportunity where innovation and investment can help strengthen women and their families.
The report focuses on four key issues that are interwoven in the fabric of economic security for women, girls and their families: child care, education, health insurance and housing.