The first report, Women and Men Living on the Edge: Economic Insecurity After the Great Recession, shows that more than one and a half years after the recession came to an official end, and the recovery supposedly began, many women and men report that they are still suffering significant hardships. They are having difficulty paying for basics like food, health care and transportation. The survey also shows that on almost every measure, the Great Recession has had a greater effect on women than it has on men.
The second report, Retirement on the Edge: Women, Men, and Economic Insecurity After the Great Recession shows how the Great Recession dramatically altered the lives of many Americans, creating pronounced economic stress and uncertainty for both individuals and families. Even after the recession was officially declared over, unemployment levels remained persistently high, while housing values remained notably low. These circumstances led the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) to develop and analyze the IWPR/Rockefeller Survey of Economic Security, which was administered to 2,746 adults aged 18 and older between September and November 2010.