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Here’s How Immigrant Women Are Essential to Our Labor Force

Here’s How Immigrant Women Are Essential to Our Labor Force

International Women’s Day is an appropriate time to take stock of the many ways in which immigrant women contribute to the labor force of the United States. Some of these contributions are often overlooked, but all of the work that immigrant women do adds value to the economy—and to U.S. society as well. Immigrant women […]

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How Immigrant Women Contribute to the U.S. Economy

Written by on March 9, 2015 in Demographics, Economics with 1 Comment
How Immigrant Women Contribute to the U.S. Economy

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, it is worthwhile to keep in mind the depth and breadth of the contributions that immigrant women workers make to the U.S. economy. More and more, immigrant women are coming to the United States not as the dependent relatives of immigrant men, but as workers. According to the […]

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Will Immigration Reform Correct the Immigration System’s Gender Bias?

Written by on May 29, 2013 in Legislation, Reform with 5 Comments
Will Immigration Reform Correct the Immigration System’s Gender Bias?

Within the current immigration system, many women confront systematic barriers when trying to gain legal status. This is one of the main conclusions drawn from a study conducted by social scientists Cecilia Menjivar and Olivia Salcido. Based on a 10-year-long research project on immigrant women in Arizona, the authors identify specific instances in which gender […]

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Guaranteeing Access to Health Care to Immigrant Women: A Necessary and Wise Investment

Guaranteeing Access to Health Care to Immigrant Women: A Necessary and Wise Investment

In the current public debate regarding comprehensive immigration reform, the focus on immigrant access to health benefits has been almost exclusively limited to cost (which is undeniably an important aspect) and has rarely addressed the social gains that result from investing in a healthy population. For the most part, the health of immigrant women has […]

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Recognizing Immigrant Women’s Needs in Immigration Reform

Recognizing Immigrant Women’s Needs in Immigration Reform

While the recent debate over reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act may have reminded the nation that there are “women’s issues” in immigration law, it doesn’t necessarily follow that most people regard immigration reform as a woman’s issue. Despite the fact that immigrant women make up a growing […]

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BREAKING: House Passes Expanded Violence Against Women Act

Written by on February 28, 2013 in Legislation with 4 Comments
BREAKING: House Passes Expanded Violence Against Women Act

After a failed vote on a Republican-supported version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that took out many of the bill’s expanded protections, the Republican-controlled House passed the Senate version of VAWA that adds additional coverage for immigrant, LGBT, and Native American victims. The Senate passed the bill earlier in February, so now it […]

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Senate Likely Will Pass Expanded Violence Against Women Act Today

Written by on February 11, 2013 in Legislation, Reform with 1 Comment
Senate Likely Will Pass Expanded Violence Against Women Act Today

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) promised that the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) would be the first bill he pushed in the 113th Congress after the House failed to vote on a version of VAWA that the Senate passed last year. The Senate version expanded protections for immigrant, LGBT, and Native American victims, which […]

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New Report Shows Immigrant Women Entrepreneurs Create Jobs and Contribute to Economy

New Report Shows Immigrant Women Entrepreneurs Create Jobs and Contribute to Economy

Economists readily acknowledge the economic contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs to the U.S. After all, we wouldn’t have one-quarter of all public companies in the U.S.—companies like Google, Yahoo!, and Intel which employed 220,000 people and generated more than $500 billion in one year—without them. But lost in that acknowledgement are the contributions of immigrant women […]

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