AAUW Florida Research Puts Spotlight on Inequities
All women are entitled to economic security – but that’s not the reality in Florida. To highlight the inequities, AAUW Florida and several local branches sponsored research that not only provides data about the problem, but offers policy recommendations, too.
Three research projects were conducted by Mary Gatta, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology at The City University of New York, and widely known for her research on gender, workforce, education, and aging. The projects for AAUW show that retired women in Florida are, in general, less economically secure in retirement than their male counterparts. Her research on Hispanic women and working Black women indicates even greater economic insecurity among those groups across their lifespans.
“Women, Economic Insecurity and Aging in the Florida Sunshine” was conducted for our St. Augustine and Jacksonville branches, and released in 2018. Using data from the report, Gatta also prepared a Report focusing on St. Johns and Duval counties for the AAUW branches there. In addition, she wrote an op-ed, “Older women’s economic insecurity,” published in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, April 18, 2018.
“Florida’s Hispanic Women – Striving But Not Economically Thriving” was released in May 2019 and supported by our Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, and St. Augustine branches and a grant from AAUW Florida.
Publicizing the research in your community not only helps make others aware of the problem, but it lets them know about AAUW. That’s a plus for membership recruitment, too.
Download infographics in English and Spanish, like the one above, to help you get the word out easily on social media and in traditional media outlets. Use them on your branch website and newsletter, too.
Working Black women
“Working Black Women in Florida and Economic Insecurity: A Story of Gender and Racial Inequality.” Our Flagler, Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Sarasota, and Tampa branches supported this 2020 research through AAUW Florida grants and member contributions from the Weston branch.
Read Gatta’s op-ed, in the Florida Courier, April 24, 2020, “Florida Black Women Who Are Essential Workers Are Economically Insecure.” View her video on her research, “Working Black Women in Florida.”
Increase your knowledge
- “The Status of Women in Florida by County – A Report on Employment and Earnings,” one of four on women’s status in Florida commissioned by the Florida Women’s Funding Alliance, an affinity group of Florida Philanthropic Network, March 2018.
- “Increasing the Economic Security of Older Women- A Brookings Public Policy Report” Brookings Institution The Hamilton Project – October 2017
- “The Status of Black Women in the United States,” National Domestic Workers Alliance, June 2017
- “Single Women Face the Greatest Risk and Economic Insecurity,” April 2017
- “The Status of Women in Florida by County — Poverty and Opportunity,” Institute for Women’s Policy Research, December 2016.
- “Economic Security for Black and Hispanic Families,” Center for American Progress, June 2016
- “Retirement on the Edge: Women, Men, and Economic Insecurity After the Great Recession,” Institute for Women’s Policy Research, September 2011