At Work on Issues

Advancing Women's Economic Security and Empowerment

Today more women than ever work outside the home and contribute to the economic security of their families. Yet, women can face significant challenges in the workplace -- they are more likely to rely on minimum wage work; they too often are paid less than men for the same work; they may have difficulty gaining access to credit to start small businesses; and, while they live longer than men, they reach retirement with smaller pensions and other assets.

As First Lady, Mrs. Clinton has championed efforts to help ensure the economic security of women and their families. For example, she has advocated access to microcredit -- small loans made to non-traditional borrowers -- to enable thousands of American women to start their own small businesses. Mrs. Clinton also has supported the Administration' s efforts to increase the minimum wage, promote equal pay laws, and fund legal services for low-income families. She has worked to ensure that bankruptcy reform does not adversely impact women and families, particularly in terms of child support collection. In the Social Security debate she has focused her attention on ensuring that the features of Social Security that are important to women are preserved and strengthened.

Below is more detailed information on specific women's issues:


  • Remarks at the 1998 Microenterprise Awards (2/5/99)

  • Remarks at Washington DC Microcredit Summit (2/3/97)

    For more information on this topic, please visit the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund at the US Treasury and the Small Business Administration.

  • Social Security

  • Column on Social Security (2/17/99)
  • Remarks at Social Security Teleconference Discussion (1/23/99)
  • Column on Social Security Reform (1/20/99)

    For more information on this topic, please visit the Social Security Administration.

  • Legal Services

    For more information on this topic, please visit the Legal Services Corporation.

    Women's Economic Security

  • Remarks at Equal Pay Roundtable with the President (4/7/99)
  • Remarks at the Women's Equality Summit (3/15/99)
  • Women's Leadership Forum Speech on Women and Politics (3/3/99)
  • Column on Minimum Wage (10/14/98)

    For more information on this topic, please visit the Women's Bureau at the Department of Labor and the US Treasury.

  • Women's Rights and Empowerment



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