Texts

"From Poverty to Self-Sufficiency: Role of Postsecondary Education in Welfare Reform"
A Report from the Center for Women Policy Studies (2002) and a Fact Sheet (April 2003)

"NYC Agrees to Education for Welfare Recipients"
Article discusses the city of New York's legal settlement that will permit welfare recipients to pursue higher education and training programs. Advocates hope the victory will increase access to education for women on welfare nationwide. By Luchina Fisher, Women'sENews

"Is Work Enough? The Experiences of Current and Former Welfare Mothers Who Work"
This report, issued by the Manpower Research Demonstration Corporation (MRDC), details the experiences of working mothers who were formerly on welfare. The report is drawn from survey data and ethnographic interviews collected by the Project on Devolution and Urban Change.

"A Smoother Path to Higher Education: Constructing Policies and Programs That Support Low-Income Women"
Article overviews the debate surrounding how to create programs that support and low-income women and provides useful resources and statistics. By Fern Marx, in On Campus With Women (Spring/Summer, 2004)

Modified Monopoly: Experiencing Social Class Inequality
by Morten G. Ender, United States Military Academy in Academic Exchange Quarterly Summer 2004 ISSN 1096-1453 Volume 8, Issue 2

Websites

Institute for Women's Policy Research
Includes research reports (pdf documents) on such topics as status of women in the 50 states, paid family leave, effects of welfare reform on homelessness, gender gap in pension coverage, etc.

Minimum Wage Info 

Welfare history

Economic Policy Institute

National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP)
A nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization at Columbia University. Our mission is to identify and promote strategies that prevent child poverty in the United States and that improve the lives of low-income children and families.  Nearly 40 percent of American children live in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level—the amount needed for most families to be economically self-sufficient. We know that poverty is not immutable and that public policies can make a difference.

Inequality.org
A nonprofit organization based in New York City. Our mission is, first of all, to illuminate the causes and multidimensional consequences of the growing inequality of wealth, income, power and opportunity in America; and second, to move this critical national problem onto the front burner of American politics and public discourse

CEO Salaries and Compensation

World Bank: Inequality, Poverty, and Socio-economic Performance
This site aims to be a resource on: (a) the relationship between distributional dynamics, economic growth, and poverty reduction; (b) the effect inequality might have on social outcomes and behaviors; and (c) current discussions and methodologies that might be useful for operational and research work.

Free Higher Education
The United States has become a nation of educational haves and have-nots. Tuition costs are skyrocketing while real incomes have remained stagnant. Aid programs based on financial need continue to decrease. Students borrow money and then face unmanageable debt when they finish college.  Higher education should be available to everyone; it should not be limited by financial considerations. This is the basic and simple idea that underlies the Free Higher Education campaign. This campaign – coordinated by the Debs-Jones-Douglass Institute – has been endorsed by numerous academic and labor organizations.